Written in a style often described as verbal expressionism, “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror” is the title poem in the collection for which John Ashbery won a. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror: Poems (Penguin Poets) [John Ashbery] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. John Ashbery’s most renowned. John Ashberry won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. Ashberry.

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Published January 1st by Penguin Books first published Read Deep Comments are quite amusing here. I would like to do more but I haven’t figured out what form they’re mjrror to take yet—in fact I prefer to do that after I’ve already begun.

While Ashbery is certainly an interesting writer, I’m afraid I find his work curiously lacking in affect. Jun 30, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: It seems like a very hostile universe But as the principle of each individual thing is Hostile to, exists at the expense of all the others As philosophers have often pointed out, at least This thing, the mute, undivided present, Has the justification ashbfry logic, which In this instance isn’t a bad thing Or wouldn’t be, if the way of telling Didn’t somehow intrude, twisting the end result Into a caricature of itself.

On John Ashbery’s Self-Portrait In A Convex Mirror

It did a lot for me though the assignments he gave weren’t really very interesting or provocative. The painted self-portrait is as self-enclosed, condensed, and smoothly englobed as the poetic meditation is open-ended, rambling, and fragmented. The painting was completed induring the end of the High Renaissance period a short period of about twenty-five years, beginning at the end of the fifteenth century, and continuing through the beginning of the sixteenth century of art in Italy and the beginning of the Mannerist period.

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A moon of cistercian pallor Has cpnvex to the center of heaven, installed, Finally involved with the business of darkness. The disturbing effects of Mannerism stand in sharp contrast to the ordered, graceful, and beautiful imagery of the recent High Renaissance. Richard Stamelman, in his essay for New Literary Historymaintains that Ashbery emphasizes the differences between Parmigianino’s act of self-portrayal ashberu the way Ashbery represents himself in the poem.

Ideas are capped early or run too long; one sight will associatively melt into another. I just wish he spoke to me more often. An exploration of the self through the exploration of the self by another, a play on historical selves, on art, on how life engages us with others, on how we build connvex own sense of identity. Best of the Web The more we open our eyes Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Francesco, your hand is big enough To wreck the sphere, and too big, One would think, to weave delicate meshes That only argue its further detention. Open Preview See a Problem? It is a weird feeling, liking poems while they didn’t really make sense. I tried to add your RSS to my feed reader and it a few.

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Self-Portrait In A Convex Mirror Poem by John Ashbery – Poem Hunter

My guide in these matters is your self, Firm, oblique, accepting everything with the same Wraith of a smile, and as time iin up so that it is soon Much later, I can know only the straight way out, The distance between us.

It also delves into themes such as the nature of art, poetry, and artistic expression, and explores portgait philosophical issues as the nature of personal identity and the soul. Flowery words with no meaning are not poetry in my opinion. These observations yield quickly to a meditation on the nature of our perspective of reality: It is a long poem about standing in a museum and looking at a drawing from ashbegy Parmigianino. While in France, Ashbery wrote two poetry collections The Tennis Court Oathpublished inand Rivers and Mountainspublished inboth of which were regarded as highly controversial.

Feb 20, Dawn rated it really liked it. Certainly the leisure to Indulge stately pastimes doesn’t, Any more.

This is its negative side. If the present trend of art is any indication, both works will be enjoyed a hundred years from now. Jun 19, Stop added it. Too bad readers have not read more. Of course I would indicate your authorship and copyright.