Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What is objectivism, and what is George Oppen’s particular slant on it?

Does Oppen’s long “preparation,” comprising the years when many poets are at their peak, make sense?

What is Oppen’s conception of the relationship between emotion and poetry?

Building as a metaphor is fairly common in poetry. What makes the skyscraper a particularly useful one in Oppen’s “The Building of the Skyscraper”?

What is most original in Oppen’s poetry?