New York School

The New York poets found themselves wrapped in art, life, and the human condition, which encompasses the individual verses, their environment, themselves, and even bigger questions. Their fascination with modernism allowed them to craft poetry that not only incorporated their own work but the work of artists around them. Ashbery and O’Hara, for instance, were not only poets, but art critics, and created their books of poetry in the style of the art they critiqued. Ashbery does not only identify himself as a poet but as an art critic; furthermore he has even been quoted saying that he does not like to call himself a poet. Readers understand that his works such as Reported Sightings and Pistils show how the two artforms mingle. Similarly, O’Hara wrote a book titled Jackson Pollock, in which he relays biographical information of the artist himself. The New York poets and their deep connection with their own life and influences set them apart. The New York poets differ from other schools of poetry because they rely on urbanism, the dynamics of language, and visual art to influence their writing and seem to have a firm grip on what the realities of life are. 

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Title New York School Type of Content School of Poetry
Number/Poets 3 Number/Members 1
Originally Posted 17 Apr 2013 Number/Content 3
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Barbara Guest
Barbara Guest

Born in Wilmington, North Carolina and raised in California, Guest earned a B.A. in Humanities in 1943 at UC Berkeley.

Group/School: New York School

Race/Ethnicity: Western European
Gender: Female

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Frank O'Hara

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in Grafton, Massachusetts, Frank O'Hara served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific from 1944-1946.

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Frank O’Hara’s writing has an air of whimsy to it, for he felt that writing was something one must innately feel and write spontaneously.

Group/School: New York School

Race/Ethnicity: European
Gender: Male

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John Ashbery

John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York. He grew up on a farm in nearby Sodus and was educated at Harvard and Columbia.

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John Ashbery has accomplished a great deal in his lifetime as a poet in comparison to his contemporaries. He stresses that language is something to be challenged and played with.

Group/School: New York School

Race/Ethnicity: European
Gender: Male

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