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Frank O'Hara NowNew Essays on the New York Poet$
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Robert Hampson and Will Montgomery

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312311

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316067

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‘A Certain Kneeness’: The Boring and the New in Frank O'Hara's Poetry

‘A Certain Kneeness’: The Boring and the New in Frank O'Hara's Poetry

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(p.86) ‘A Certain Kneeness’: The Boring and the New in Frank O'Hara's Poetry
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Frank O'Hara Now
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Tadeusz Pióro
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846312311.003.0007

This chapter explores O'Hara's relationship to modernism, developing an argument around two ideas in O'Hara's writing: its relationship to the totemic modernist category of novelty, and its allied investment in a kind of ennui or Baudelairean spleen. It argues that, in its scepticism about the ‘new’ and, in particular, in countenancing states of boredom, O'Hara's writing can be read against the grain of prevailing accounts of the intellectual and emotional tenor of the work.

Keywords:   Frank O'Hara, modernism, poetry, novelty, ennui, Baudelairean spleen

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