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John Ashbery

The importance of imagination as it determines how we live and who we are in the world is another recurrent and strong theme in Ashbery's poetry. For Ashbery, the imagination has a role not only in...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2015, 1:53 pm (UTC)

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John Ashbery

John Ashbery, a twentieth century poet, wrote his poems using free non-structured conversational verse.This is the style of the poem “Illustration.” The poem’s title refers to the representation of...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2012, 7:30 pm (UTC)

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John Ashbery

In "Illustration" by John Ashbery, a novice nun is sitting on the corner of a building "high over the city," while the police try to convince her to come down. Many people gather below to join in...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2018, 7:48 am (UTC)

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John Ashbery

“Worsening Situation” was published in John Ashbery’s 1975 poetry collection, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. As the book title suggests, this free-verse poem is in many ways Ashbery’s...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2017, 8:02 pm (UTC)

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John Ashbery

Ashbery's poem is a reflection on being out in the evening, but in a larger sense, it has to do with themes of belonging, or alienation, and the uses of poetry. These themes are brought out by...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2020, 2:41 pm (UTC)

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John Ashbery

The first poem "Melodic Train" describes now we spend all of our time in trains and other moving transports. The anxiety of life is that we are always moving, always going toward or away from...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2012, 11:07 am (UTC)

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