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Paradoxes and Oxymorons Summary
John Ashbery

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Paradoxes and Oxymorons Summary

Introduction

"Paradoxes and Oxymorons" originally appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and was later published in John Ashbery's 1981 collection of poems Shadow Train, nominated for the American Book Award. A favorite both of the poet's and of editors', "Paradoxes and Oxymorons" has been widely anthologized. At one point Ashbery wanted the poem to be the title of the collection because he felt that it was the most accessible poem in the book. Written between March and mid-October 1979 in the poet's newly acquired Victorian-era house in upstate New York, Shadow Train contains fifty sixteen-line poems that some critics have likened to a sonnet sequence. Unlike sonnets, which consist of fourteen lines, Ashbery's poems have no set rhyme scheme, and Ashbery himself has said that he doesn't much like sonnets.

Typical of many of Ashbery's poems, and of much post-modern verse, it directs readers' attention to the words themselves, placing the language's...

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