The Tennis Court Oath. By John Ashbery. What had you been thinking about. the face studiously bloodied. heaven blotted region. I go on loving you like water but. there is a terrible breath in the way all of this. You were not elected president, yet won the race. All the way through fog and drizzle.
“The Tennis Court Oath” is a poem in free verse, its forty-nine lines divided into six stanzas of varying length.
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On one level, “The Tennis Court Oath” is a poem about the possibilities of poetry itself. For John Ashbery, the purpose of poetry is not communication in the sense of a message delivered or of ...
One is likely, that is, to find oneself disabled. "'They Dream Only of America"' is one of the strongest poems in The Tennis Court Oath. This is partly because it is more like the poems in Some Trees than most of the other pieces in Ashbery's second volume.
THE TENNIS COURT OATH is a series of experiments in poetry which are as daring and fresh today as they were in 1962, when the book (Ashbery's second) first appeared. Though the book contains some often anthologized pieces--"Faust" and "They Dream Only of America" for instance--the book reprints the less familiar "America," "Rain," and the 110 part poem "Europe."
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Preview — The Tennis Court Oathby John Ashbery. The Tennis Court Oath Quotes Showing 1-2 of 2. “An Additional Poem. Where then shall hope and fear their objects find? The harbor cold to the mating ships, And you have lost as you stand by the balcony. With the forest of the sea calm and gray beneath.
The poem reworks an old pulp novel, Beryl and the Biplane, that Ashbery chanced across in Paris, and from which he wrenched passages only to jam them together in new arrangements, much in the manner of William S. Burroughs’ cut-ups. Ashbery has said that his isolation in France, including his isolation from American speech, contributed to the need to undertake the project, and it is instructive to compare Ashbery’s own situation to his sense of how Gertrude Stein came to write her more ...