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‘There I could never be a boy’: Frank O’Hara and the Cult of the Child

Erik Martiny

in The Cambridge Quarterly

Published on behalf of Cambridge Quarterly

Volume 34, issue 1, pages 23-32
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 0008-199X
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1471-6836 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/camqtly/34.1.23
‘There I could never be a boy’: Frank O’Hara and the Cult of the Child

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This article examines O’Hara’s vision of the man of letters as a wayward child. The article traces the roots of the child-cult from the Romantics to the Confessional poets and the New York School, offering a wide-ranging approach to the notion of the enfant terrible. It focuses on such areas as mid-twentieth century pessimism, Couéism, the parental role of the reader, Drip Poetry and the modern cornucopia.

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