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The Exploration of the Secret Smile

The Language of Art and of Homosexuality in Frank O'Hara's Poetry

by Alice C. Parker (Author)
Others 164 Pages
Series: American University Studies , Volume 25

Summary

This study of the work of the New York poet Frank O'Hara (1926-1966) emphasizes a largely overlooked aspect of O'Hara's poetics: the aspect of the urban homosexual, or gay, experience. It also emphasizes his frequent fusion of the aesthetics of poetry with the aesthetics of the visual arts. Revealing the importance of the deliberately (given the societal «mood» of the '50s and '60s) sedimented homosexual meaning in O'Hara's poetry, as well as the importance of the art of the Abstract Expressionists, The Exploration of the Secret Smile offers a new outlook on the congruence of his poetic canon.

Details

Pages
164
ISBN (Hardcover)
9780820409580
Language
English
Published
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1989. 164 pp.

Biographical notes

Alice C. Parker (Author)

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