Essay Topic 1
Discuss how O'Hara's poetry differs from the poetry of his idols, the Russian and German poets. How has poetry evolved over time?
Essay Topic 2
Explain how O'Hara uses setting in the poem "Alma" and in another poem of your choice. How are his descriptive terms different and similar in each poem?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss how O'Hara's history as a musician and art critic influences his poetry.
Essay Topic 4
What is the significance of tea in "Poem (1)"? What is O'Hara's reaction to tea, and is the tea symbolic for something else?
Essay Topic 5
Select two poems and compare and contrast the titles of each poem. How do the titles relate to the content of the poem? Do the titles have a significant meaning on their own?
Essay Topic 6
How is Russian culture important to O'Hara, and how is this culture represented in his poetry?
Essay Topic 7
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