Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What is painterly about Frank O’Hara’s poems?

Is Walt Whitman’s influence on O’Hara greater in techniques or themes?

Does the fact that people are much more important than external nature in O’Hara’s poetry reflect his poetic theory or his temperament?

Does O’Hara’s rejection of traditional notions of poetic form liberate or limit his work?

Do O’Hara’s poems reflect craftsmanship—the quality that he tends to scorn in his pronouncements about poetry?