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By Andrew Epstein

Even though it has lengthy been usual to visualize the archetypal American poet making a song a solitary "Song of Myself," a lot of the main enduring American poetry has truly been preoccupied with the drama of friendship. during this lucid and soaking up learn, Andrew Epstein argues that an obsession with either the pleasures and difficulties of friendship erupts within the "New American Poetry" that emerges after the second one global struggle. through concentrating on the most major postmodernist American poets--the "New York college" poets John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and their shut modern Amiri Baraka--Beautiful Enemies unearths a primary paradox on the middle of postwar American poetry and tradition: the avant-garde's dedication to individualism and nonconformity runs without delay counter to its personal valorization of group and collaboration. actually, Epstein demonstrates that the conflict among friendship and nonconformity complicates the mythical alliances solid by means of postwar poets, turns into a principal topic within the poetry they created, and leaves modern writers with a classy legacy to barter. instead of easily celebrating friendship and poetic group as nurturing and encouraging, those poets signify friendship as one of those exhilarating, maddening contradiction, a website of allure and repulsion, affinity and rivalry.

hard either the reductive reviews of yankee individualism and the idealized, seriously biographical celebrations of literary camaraderie one reveals in a lot serious dialogue, this e-book presents a brand new interpretation of the ordinary dynamics of yank avant-garde poetic groups and the position of the person inside them. through situating his broad and revealing readings of those hugely influential poets opposed to the backdrop of chilly struggle cultural politics and in the context of yank pragmatist concept, Epstein uncovers the collision among radical self-reliance and the siren name of the interpersonal on the middle of postwar American poetry.

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