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By Andrew Epstein

ISBN-10: 019518100X

ISBN-13: 9780195181005

ISBN-10: 0195388984

ISBN-13: 9780195388985

even though it has lengthy been average to visualize the archetypal American poet making a song a solitary "Song of Myself," a lot of the main enduring American poetry has really been preoccupied with the drama of friendship. during this lucid and soaking up research, Andrew Epstein argues that an obsession with either the pleasures and difficulties of friendship erupts within the "New American Poetry" that emerges after the second one global battle. by way of targeting essentially the most major postmodernist American poets--the "New York university" poets John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and their shut modern Amiri Baraka--Beautiful Enemies unearths a basic paradox on the middle of postwar American poetry and tradition: the avant-garde's dedication to individualism and nonconformity runs without delay counter to its personal valorization of group and collaboration. actually, Epstein demonstrates that the conflict among friendship and nonconformity complicates the mythical alliances solid through postwar poets, turns into a fundamental subject matter within the poetry they created, and leaves modern writers with a classy legacy to barter. instead of easily celebrating friendship and poetic group as nurturing and encouraging, those poets symbolize friendship as a type of exhilarating, maddening contradiction, a website of appeal and repulsion, affinity and rivalry.

Challenging either the reductive evaluations of yankee individualism and the idealized, seriously biographical celebrations of literary camaraderie one reveals in a lot severe dialogue, this e-book offers a brand new interpretation of the odd dynamics of yank avant-garde poetic groups and the position of the person inside them. via situating his broad and revealing readings of those hugely influential poets opposed to the backdrop of chilly conflict cultural politics and in the context of yank pragmatist notion, Epstein uncovers the collision among radical self-reliance and the siren name of the interpersonal on the middle of postwar American poetry.

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By Andrew Epstein

ISBN-10: 019518100X

ISBN-13: 9780195181005

ISBN-10: 0195388984

ISBN-13: 9780195388985

even though it has lengthy been average to visualize the archetypal American poet making a song a solitary "Song of Myself," a lot of the main enduring American poetry has really been preoccupied with the drama of friendship. during this lucid and soaking up research, Andrew Epstein argues that an obsession with either the pleasures and difficulties of friendship erupts within the "New American Poetry" that emerges after the second one global battle. by way of targeting essentially the most major postmodernist American poets--the "New York university" poets John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and their shut modern Amiri Baraka--Beautiful Enemies unearths a basic paradox on the middle of postwar American poetry and tradition: the avant-garde's dedication to individualism and nonconformity runs without delay counter to its personal valorization of group and collaboration. actually, Epstein demonstrates that the conflict among friendship and nonconformity complicates the mythical alliances solid through postwar poets, turns into a fundamental subject matter within the poetry they created, and leaves modern writers with a classy legacy to barter. instead of easily celebrating friendship and poetic group as nurturing and encouraging, those poets symbolize friendship as a type of exhilarating, maddening contradiction, a website of appeal and repulsion, affinity and rivalry.

Challenging either the reductive evaluations of yankee individualism and the idealized, seriously biographical celebrations of literary camaraderie one reveals in a lot severe dialogue, this e-book offers a brand new interpretation of the odd dynamics of yank avant-garde poetic groups and the position of the person inside them. via situating his broad and revealing readings of those hugely influential poets opposed to the backdrop of chilly conflict cultural politics and in the context of yank pragmatist notion, Epstein uncovers the collision among radical self-reliance and the siren name of the interpersonal on the middle of postwar American poetry.

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