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‘A New Mimesis’: approaches to representation in the poetry of the New York School

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Although the New York School of Poets opposed reception as a unified artistic movement, study of a selection of their early poetry illustrates that John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Frank O’Hara and James Schuyler all shared a concern with developing new techniques of representation.This essay argues that much of their experimentation was motivated by a desire to communicate personal experience in poetry without clarification or analysis, and so to depict the self without elevating the significance of the individual.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-255
Number of pages12
JournalLiterature Compass
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2006

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