AFTER you listen to Mini Lecture 7 and read the linked notes, choose and respond to one of these questions about Bishop, Ashbery or O’Hara.
- What is the speaker looking at and describing, in each section of “Over 2,000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance”? How are the images related – or unrelated! – and how does the speaker feel about what she describes? How does the poem reflect Modernist and/or Postmodernist themes? Cite evidence.
- Ashbery has called “Soonest Mended” a “one-size-fits all confessional poem.” How would you describe and analyze it as any postmodern American’s autobiography? Cite evidence.
- How would you describe and analyze the argument of Ashbery’s “The Painter”? How does the poem reflect Postmodernist themes, including Nietzschean ideas about truth? Cite evidence.
- 4.Look up the allusions made up in “Having a Coke with You.” As a love poem, how does it compare with other canonical poems you have read, such as Shakespeare’s “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun,” including its references to high art and pop culture? Cite evidence.