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Why I Am Not a Painter Essay

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Morton D. Rich is an associate professor of English atMontclair State University who teaches a variety of courses in writing and contemporary literature. He is guest editor of the Spring 1999 issue o/Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, an issue dedicated to autobiography and critical thinking. In the following essay, Rich describes "Why I Am Not a Painter " as O 'Hara 's definition of a poet and his or her art and discusses how the poem portrays the differences between the work of a poet and a painter.

The voice and personality of the poet, O'Hara himself, are strongly present in "Why I Am Not a Painter." He does not hide behind a persona or create a character to act in his poetic drama. It is O'Hara presenting incidents and thoughts of his daily life. They are, of course, selected thoughts and incidents, not just anything that came...

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