Date

2015

Department or Program

English

Additional Department or Program (if any)

English

Title of Approved Individual Major

N/A: English

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

Daniel Chiasson

Additional Advisor(s)

Kathleen Brogan

Additional Advisor

Octavio Gonzalez

Additional Advisor

Patricia Berman

Abstract

My thesis traces the influence of the three peripheral art forms on Frank O'Hara's poetry—visual art, cinema, and music. Jumping in and out of abstraction through catalogues that capture New York City as gritty and gilded, O'Hara diverts attention away from the heightened emotional state of the narrator. He additionally channels the fragmentary nature of Abstract Expressionism, jump cuts, and improvisational jazz. By the time of his death at the ripe age of forty, O'Hara produced a body of work as multifaceted as his artistic interests.

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