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date: 14 June 2024

New York School of Poetslocked

New York School of Poetslocked

  • Catherine Daly

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John Ashbery, Barbara Guest, Kenneth Koch, Frank O'Hara, and James Schuyler are among the leading New York School poets. Each wrote art criticism, plays, novels, and poetry in New York City during the late 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s. Like the New York School of abstract expressionist painters for which the group of poets is named, the movement has proceeded in first, second, and third generations. The poets read and were influenced aesthetically by earlier art movement poetry such as dada and surrealist poetry. Their writing is abstract and informal. The poets have written in collaboration with each other and with visual artists. They have written long poems, encompassed art criticism in their poetry, and embraced pop culture as a subject. They have also been influential teachers of poetry.

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  • North American Literatures

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