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The Day Lady Died - Frank O’Hara Background From NY- City poet Realistic writer, concrete detail Billy Holiday: died young, face on NY Post Terms Verisimilitude: verify + similar Angular elegy: indirect/ unannounced but relating to death, mournful Poem Poem is set on streets of Manhattan Elegy for Billy Holiday Uptight intensity- builds throughout poem Imaginations don’t reach for much but they elevate and accumulate Buying gifts for people in a book shop Shift occurs in line 25 before last 4 lines- action comes screeching to a halt when he asks for the newspaper Present tense- forward momentum stops Enjambment throughout- continuation of thought from line to line Free verse Unsteady meter Effect of reading= breathlessness Movement: crossing, sleighing, walking, going, etc. Emotional distance *****the specific references in the poem could be categorized found or discovered? (which one) “A loved world gone…” “I walk up the muggy street beginning to sun and have a hamburger and a malted and buy an ugly NEW WORLD WRITING to see what the poets in Ghana are do- ing these days…” - taking place in NYC “And I am sweating a lot by now and thinking of leaning on the john door in the 5 SPOT while she whispered a song along the keyboard…” Essay: why is it subversive and what’s going on in the poem? The order is covertly disrupted No background Not a straightforward narrative, lots of detail Empty opening leading to profound ending O'Hara goes to dinner in East Hampton- rich people have him there on display. Subversive of this because he talks about it but then talks about the counter-cul- ture movement Contrast of normative life and the experience in a shady jazz club White picket fence vs. Pie blue- normative life vs. His life Beat culture most influenced by jazz To Aunt Rose - Allen Ginsberg
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Background Essentially rabbinical in his upbringing Poet is gay Beat poet Terms Elegy: use the death of the person to talk about the self. Framed in history. Like an obituary. Commemorating death. Mourning of the dead in the writer himself. Specifically about dramatizing grief and working through grief. Closure as a cycle. Elegy if not sometimes, always, fails. Beat poetry: Importation of audience, call and response. Poem Speaker is nostalgic, innocent, aggressive, confused (mirrored in form), sexually confused, uncomfortable Aunt Rose is dead. She is seen as fragile but also erotically Talks about a wake Speaker gains closure personally Freedom, New Hampshire - Galway Kinnell Poem Pastoral elegy- nature as active participant, restoration of balance between human and nature. Consolation. Natural elegy. Sense of renewal of life through nature. Leitmotifs/ juxtapositions
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