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John Ashbery writes like no one else among contemporary American poets. In the construction of his intricate patterns, he uses words much as the contemporary painter uses form and color- words painstakingly chosen as conveyors of precise meaning, not as representations of sound. These linked in unexpected juxtapositions, at first glance unrelated and even anarchic, in the end create by their clashing interplay a structure of dazzling brilliance and strong emotional impact. From this preoccupation arises a poetry that passes beyond conventional limits into a highly individual realm of effectiveness, one that may be roughly likened to the visual world of Surrealist painting. Some will find Mr. Ashbery's work difficult, even forbidding; but those who are sensitive to new directions in ideas and the arts will discover here much to quicken and delight them.

A 35th anniversary edition of classic work from a celebrated American poet who has received the Pulitzer Prize, the national Book Award, and the national Book Critics Circle Award. John Ashbery's second book, The Tennis Court Oaths, first published by Wesleyan in 1962, remains a touchstone of contemporary avant-garde poetry.John Ashbery writes like no one else among contemporary American poets. In the construction of his intricate patterns, he uses words much as the contemporary painter uses form and color- words painstakingly chosen as conveyors of precise meaning, not as representations of sound. These linked in unexpected juxtapositions, at first glance unrelated and even anarchic, in the end create by their clashing interplay a structure of dazzling brilliance and strong emotional impact. From this preoccupation arises a poetry that passes beyond conventional limits into a highly individual realm of effectiveness, one that may be roughly likened to the visual world of Surrealist painting. Some will find Mr. Ashbery's work difficult, even forbidding; but those who are sensitive to new directions in ideas and the arts will discover here much to quicken and delight them.

A 35th anniversary edition of classic work from a celebrated American poet who has received the Pulitzer Prize, the national Book Award, and the national Book Critics Circle Award. John Ashbery's second book, The Tennis Court Oaths, first published by Wesleyan in 1962, remains a touchstone of contemporary avant-garde poetry.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. THE TENNIS COURT OATH
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. "THEY DREAM ONLY OF AMERICA"
  2. p. 13
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  1. THOUGHTS OF A YOUNG GIRL
  2. p. 14
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  1. AMERICA
  2. pp. 15-19
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  1. TWO SONNETS
  2. p. 20
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  1. TO REDOUT
  2. p. 21
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  1. NIGHT
  2. pp. 22-24
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  1. "HOW MUCH LONGER WILL I BE ABLE TO INHABIT THE DIVINE SEPULCHER . . ."
  2. pp. 25-27
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  1. RAIN
  2. pp. 28-31
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  1. A WHITE PAPER
  2. p. 32
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  1. LEAVING THE ATOCHA STATION
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. WHITE ROSES
  2. p. 35
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  1. THE SUSPENDED LIFE
  2. pp. 36-38
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  1. A LIFE DRAMA
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. OUR YOUTH
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. THE TICKET
  2. p. 43
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  1. AN ADDITIONAL POEM
  2. p. 44
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  1. MEASLES
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. FAUST
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. THE LOZENGES
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. THE ASCETIC SENSUALISTS
  2. pp. 51-54
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  1. LANDSCAPE
  2. p. 55
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  1. A LAST WORLD
  2. pp. 56-58
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  1. THE NEW REALISM
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. THE UNKNOWN TRAVELERS
  2. p. 63
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  1. EUROPE
  2. pp. 64-85
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  1. TO THE SAME DEGREE
  2. pp. 86-87
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  1. THE PASSIVE PREACHER
  2. pp. 88-89
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  1. THE SHOWER
  2. p. 90
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  1. IDAHO
  2. pp. 91-94
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780819569967
Related ISBN
9780819510136
MARC Record
OCLC
794925013
Pages
94
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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