Mooring of Starting Out

ISBN-10: 0880015470

ISBN-13: 9780880015479

Edition: N/A

Authors: John Ashbery

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Most critics would agree that John Ashbery is one of 20th-century American poetry's finest voices. Perhaps his most admired book is Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, a culmination of themes, styles, and forms with which the poet experimented over the course of two decades. Now, the poet's devoted readers can trace his development through the first five books of his poetry, collected here in one handy volume. The Mooring of Starting Out represents Ashbery's work from 1956 through 1972, comprising Some Trees, his first book; The Tennis Court Oath, written while he was living in Paris.
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List price: $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

John Ashbery was born on July 28, 1927 in Rochester, New York. He was educated at Harvard and Columbia universities and studied in Europe on a Fulbright Scholarship. Initially wishing to be a painter, then a musician, he has had a variety of careers including reference librarian and art critic. In the early 1950s, he was a copywriter with Oxford University Press and McGraw-Hill. His collection of poems, Turandot and other Poems, published in 1953, established his reputation as one of the leading American poets of his generation. Ashbery feels strongly influenced by film and other art forms. The abstract expressionist movement in art had a profound effect on his writing style. Frequently termed a philosophical poet, Ashbery's poems often deal with the mind and the connection of the reader. Ashbery has published several volumes of poetry, including Houseboat Days and Flow Chart. Highly regarded by critics, he received a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976, all for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. He received the Ambassador Book Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. In 2011, he won the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He also writes under the pseudonym Jonas Berry.

Two Scenes
Popular Songs
The Instruction Manual
The Grapevine
A Boy
The Hero
Album Leaf
The Picture of Little J.A. in a Prospect of Flowers
Grand Abacus
The Mythological Poet
The Orioles
The Young Son
The Thinnest Shadow
Some Trees
Hotel Dauphin
The Painter
And You Know
Meditations of a Parrot
A Long Novel
The Way They Took
The Pied Piper
Answering a Question in the Mountains
A Pastoral
Le livre est sur la table
The Tennis Court Oath
"They Dream Only of America"
Thoughts of a Young Girl
Two Sonnets
To Redoute
"How Much Longer Will I Be Able to Inhabit in Divine Sepulcher..."
A White Paper
Leaving the Atocha Station
White Roses
The Suspended Life
A Life Drama
Our Youth
The Ticket
An Additional Poem
The Lozenges
The Ascetic Sensualists
A Last World
The New Realism
The Unknown Travelers
To the Same Degree
The Passive Preacher
The Shower
These Lacustrine Cities
Rivers and Mountains
Last Month
Civilization and Its Discontents
If the Birds Knew
Into the Dusk-Charged Air
The Ecclesiast
The Recent Past
The Thousand Islands
A Blessing in Disguise
The Skaters
The Task
Spring Day
Plainness in Diversity
Soonest Mended
It Was Raining in the Capital
Variations, Calypso and Fugue on a Theme of Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Evening in the Country
For John Clare
French Poems
The Double Dream of Spring
Rural Objects
Years of Indiscretion
Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape
Sunrise in Suburbia
Definition of Blue
The Hod Carrier
An Outing
Some Words
Young Man with Letter
The Bungalows
The Chateau Hardware
Sortes Vergilianae
Author's Notes
The New Spirit
The System
The Recital
Title Index
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