Lunch Poems Topics for Discussion

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Discuss the means O'Hara uses to express his sexual life in an era in which homosexuality was not acknowledged. What euphemisms and obscurities does he use? How does this affect the verse?

Discuss solitude. Why is the poet so often alone despite the fact that he detests isolation? What are your personal feelings regarding being alone? Is it comfortable? Unnerving? Both?

What is the poet's attitude toward New York in Lunch Poems? How does it compare to the scores of other cities that he visits throughout the collection? Is it a city of joy, work, or both?

Discuss the personality of the narrator. What does is his attitude toward his setting? What about the coterie of intellectual friends he has? How does this worldview affect the way in which he behaves and reasons through problems?

Discuss the setting of Lunch Poems. How does O'Hara...

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