Download e-book for kindle: Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry by Andrew Epstein

By Andrew Epstein

ISBN-10: 019518100X

ISBN-13: 9780195181005

ISBN-10: 0195388984

ISBN-13: 9780195388985

even though it has lengthy been ordinary to visualize the archetypal American poet making a song a solitary "Song of Myself," a lot of the main enduring American poetry has really been preoccupied with the drama of friendship. during this lucid and soaking up research, Andrew Epstein argues that an obsession with either the pleasures and difficulties of friendship erupts within the "New American Poetry" that emerges after the second one international conflict. by means of targeting essentially the most major postmodernist American poets--the "New York tuition" poets John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and their shut modern Amiri Baraka--Beautiful Enemies unearths a basic paradox on the center of postwar American poetry and tradition: the avant-garde's dedication to individualism and nonconformity runs at once counter to its personal valorization of group and collaboration. in truth, Epstein demonstrates that the conflict among friendship and nonconformity complicates the mythical alliances cast by way of postwar poets, turns into a most important subject within the poetry they created, and leaves modern writers with a classy legacy to barter. instead of easily celebrating friendship and poetic neighborhood as nurturing and encouraging, those poets symbolize friendship as one of those exhilarating, maddening contradiction, a domain of allure and repulsion, affinity and rivalry.

Challenging either the reductive opinions of yankee individualism and the idealized, seriously biographical celebrations of literary camaraderie one unearths in a lot severe dialogue, this ebook presents a brand new interpretation of the atypical dynamics of yank avant-garde poetic groups and the function of the person inside of them. via situating his vast and revealing readings of those hugely influential poets opposed to the backdrop of chilly warfare cultural politics and in the context of yankee pragmatist notion, Epstein uncovers the collision among radical self-reliance and the siren name of the interpersonal on the center of postwar American poetry.

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