10 – “Yippee!” Laughter and Melancholy in the Poetry of Frank O’Hara

Burgage Hall

Frank O'Hara

Frank O’Hara

Frank O’Hara, a poet whom Mark Doty described as “Urbane, ironic, sometimes genuinely celebratory and often wildly funny”, was simultaneously a subtle elegist.

Daniel Kane’s talk will explore and identify how some of O’Hara’s best-loved and fun poems in his book Lunch Poems served as requiems for lost or unfinished art, music, and friendships.

Dr. Daniel Kane is a Reader in English and American Literature at the University of Sussex.