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John Ashbery’s Paradoxes and Oxymorons This poem is concerned with language on a very plain level. Look at it talking to you. You look out a window. While I don’t think I agree with Postmodern American Poetry editor Paul Hoover that “John Ashberry was recognized as the leading poet of his. Like his paradoxical formulation “on the outside looking out,” the oxymoron “A deeper outside thing” is an apt description of Ashbery’s poetry.

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When we read this play of words and phrases, obviously a text becomes open-ended.

So the poet says “You have it but you don’t have it. In school All the thought got combed out: We still have not tamed the kingdom of the word. The writer loses its control over the poem and the poem is free for the different interpretation by different readers and critics. Thanks for your post on Ashberry. You look out a window Or pretend to fidget.

Summary and Analysis Paradoxes and Oxymorons composed by famous postmodern American poet John Ashbery was written in Some may approach from one angle and others may approach from another angle. Patchen has some beautiful lines in Albion Moonlight: This contradictory meaning is nothing but the reflection of the self.


In the second quatrain of “Paradoxes and Oxymorons” the reader interrupts the poet, as in an interview, with a few questions. AshberyParadoxes and Oxymorons. In this respect everything is nothing but the play of oxymoron and paradoxes. You miss each other. A few pronominal substitutions bring the romantic discourse to the surface: If and, most likely, when I do a “meta” or postmodern week though a lot of the poetry I’ve been picking already has been about poetry to one degree or anotherm due to this being, you know, a blog about poetry it would be in there.

The word is the way something floats which cannot be seen. Phrased as asbhery oxymoron, the subject is true fiction. The most popular poem in Shadow Train is its oxymorona simple statement of poetics, “Paradoxes and Oxymorons. Because Ashbery’s poems rely heavily on associative thinking and connections between and among lines, images, and ideas are often tenuous at best, and critical interpretations of individual poems may yield little in the way of insight.

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More summaries and resources for teaching or studying Paradoxes and Oxymorons. Patchen has some beautiful lines in Albion Moonlight:.

A deeper outside thing, a dreamed role-pattern, As in the division of grace these long August days Without proof. The poem hints at hexameter, hints at accentual verse, and hints at end rhyme, without systematically practicing any of these.

It might give us—what?


Paradoxes and Oxymorons by John Ashbery: Summary and Analysis

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Well, actually, yes, but I consider play to be A deeper outside thing, a dreamed role-pattern, As in the division of grace these long August days Without proof. His lines often suggest or echo other lines or aehbery that readers “think” they know, only to shift suddenly to something altogether different. The word is the call of the tribe from down under the water. Because each person is undergoing conflict, it is reflected in the poem.

The poem is sad because it wants to be yours, and cannot. Typical of many of Ashbery’s poems, and of much post-modern verse, it directs readers’ attention to the words themselves, placing the language’s materiality and the process oxymoronss meaning making in the foreground. But we Go back to them as to paardoxes wife, leaving The mistress we desire?

Paradoxes and Oxymorons | Introduction & Overview

What was left was like a field. It has been played once more. It is that and other things, Bringing a system of them into play.