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Willard Spiegelman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368130

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.001.0001

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Poetry in Review

Poetry in Review

On A. R. Ammons and John Ashbery (2006)

(p.235) Sixteen Poetry in Review
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Willard Spiegelman

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Americans poets A. R. Ammons' Bosh and Flapdoodle and John Ashbery's Where Shall I Wander. It suggests that both works are filled with black humor, nostalgia, regret, anticipation, and wonder. It argues that both poets have mastered the American dialect, especially its slang, and neither shies away from plain goofiness, nor does Ammons shy away from bad puns.

Keywords:   poetry collection, A. R. Ammons, John Ashbery, American poets, Bosh and Flapdoodle, Where Shall I Wonder, poetry criticism

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