Contemporary Poetry Discussion Group

This week we will be discussing the work of the eminent contemporary American poet, John Ashbery.

Ashbery was acclaimed by W H Auden at the start of his career and is noted for the complexity of his work. Possible topics for discussion include Ashbery’s combination of high art and popular culture and reflections on ‘art’ or ‘the poetic.’

 The poems are:

 ‘Daffy Duck in Hollywood’

‘And Ut Pictura Poesis Is Her Name’

(both poems available via the following link:

‘Train Rising Out of the Sea’

(available at


We’re  meeting on Thursday 4th October at 5:15pm in HUMSS Building, Whiteknights Campus, Room 112.


About Cindy

Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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