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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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‘Where Air is Flesh’: The Odes of Frank O'Hara

‘Where Air is Flesh’: The Odes of Frank O'Hara

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(p.103) ‘Where Air is Flesh’: The Odes of Frank O'Hara
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Frank O'Hara Now
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John Wilkinson
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846312311.003.0008

This chapter examines O'Hara's Odes. It argues that the Odes can simultaneously inhabit and parody several traditions. It discusses O'Hara's skewed adaptation of the writing of Shelley in the context of ideas of death and memorialization. It suggests that a mixture of bathos and the sublime replaces a monolithic notion of selfhood with a ‘flickering montage of part-identifications’ that has a radically democratic potential.

Keywords:   Frank O'Hara, Odes, parody, Shelley, death, memorialisation

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