The Tennis Court Oath: A Book of Poems (ANNIVERSARY)

John Ashbery (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
Wesleyan University Press
Publish Date
December 01, 1977
Pages
94
Dimensions
5.98 X 0.31 X 7.92 inches | 0.31 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780819510136
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About the Author

JOHN ASHBERY, a native of Rochester, New York, has lived since 1958 in Paris, where he is art critic for the New York herald tribune European edition and for Art International of Zurich. He spent two earlier years in France as a Fulbright fellow, in Montpellier and Paris; he has also been connected with Art News in New York and with two American publishing houses, Oxford University Press and McGraw-Hill. He is a graduate of Harvard and has done advanced work at Columbia and N.Y.U., specializing in French literature. His poems have appeared in various magazines and in privately printed collections. The present book is his second. Its predecessor was Some Trees (Yale Series of Younger Poets, 1956)- "the most beautiful first book to appear in America," said Poetry Magazine, "since [Wallace Stevens'] Harmonium."

Reviews

"The dimensions of Ashbery's artistic intelligence are an extraordinary feeling for language tone and rhythm, a powerful memory for his experience of art, an imagination that is more auditory than visual, [and] an apparently limitless capacity for astonishingly fresh verbal combinations . . . Ashbery's poetry demands not only reading with highest concentration but persistent rereading: the mastering of it becomes a kind of spiritual experience."--Richard Kostelanetz, The New York Times

"The dimensions of Ashbery's artistic intelligence are an extraordinary feeling for language tone and rhythm, a powerful memory for his experience of art, an imagination that is more auditory than visual, [and] an apparently limitless capacity for astonishingly fresh verbal combinations . . . Ashbery's poetry demands not only reading with highest concentration but persistent rereading: the mastering of it becomes a kind of spiritual experience."--Richard Kostelanetz, The New York Times

"On the level of argument, [Ashbery's poems] are an tempt, deeply convoluted in nature, to describe the world and our descriptions of it. Speed is an important feature of his work and this level of meaning is characterized by the rapidity of his transitionshis thoughts have the capacity to change direction, easily and quickly. On a second level, the level of tone, his poems come across as laconic, straightforward, almost intimate."--John Redmond, London review of Books