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Joseph SitesDr. Jeffrey KosseLITR-221November 19, 2017Influences in Post-ModernismPost modernism was an ever-evolving movement in the literary community.Bydefinition there was no definite terms, boundaries or absolute truths that exist. There was alwaysan evolving method of delivery for post modernism that was seen in the recent years and thecontinuance of post-modernism. Two well regarded poets Frank O’Hara and Ted Berrigan;O’Hara was part of the original New York School of Poets and Berrigan was a part of the secondgeneration of New York School of Poets. Frank O’Hara style of poetry was personal and soundedlike it was an entry in a diary. Berrigan style was an adaption and reworking to his own style asseen in his famous works, Sonnets Collection. The influence O’Hara had on Berrigan was seen inhis poem dedicated to O’Hara after his death, “Frank O’Hara.”Two poems of interest are“Meditations in an Emergency” by O’Hara and“So Going Around Cities”byBerrigan. Therewas a tone that was similar in both of the poems and an example of the influence and adaptationacross literature. There was a difference in styles between all of the poets, the influence of onecan be absorbed in another style and be adapted as their own.Post-modernism had such a vast and fluid process in setting the mood for poems. Thewriter chooses to set the time and geographic place for the reader. The setting does notnecessarily have to be just a physical place, but a mental or spiritual place.When readers look atpoems and try to depict what the mood was there are a few things that will change and helpdefine the mood that was intended by the author. The choice of descriptive words that invokedeep feelings that can affect the way the reader will feel about what is going on in the work of
art.Frank O’Hara’s time and place for the poem, “Meditation of Emergency” was arbitrary andambiguous. It was a meditation that the author is writing in a book in personal time. O’Hara doesnot use any sense of time to help set the setting of this poem. The place is not physical, but insidehis mind. The discussion O’Hara is describing to the reader “My eyes are vague blue, like thesky, and change all the time; they are indiscriminate but fleeting, entirely specific and disloyal,so that no one trusts me. I am always looking away. Or again at something after it has given meup. It makes me restless and that makes me unhappy, but I cannot keep them still” (O’Hara). Thesnippet of the poem showed how the meditation was being held in their mind and lost in their