John Ashbery: Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

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Although the stature of John Ashbery as a leading American poet had already been established by collections such as The Tennis Court Oath (1962) and The Double Dream of Spring (1970), the poems in Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975) helped change the critical perception about Ashbery’s contribution to American poetry. Previously valued for his similarities to Auden, Stevens or Pasternak, and the influence of the French surrealists, it is starting with this volume that both critics and readers have gradually come to see him not as an obscure, avant-garde experimentalist but as a major American poet embedded within the Romantic-Modernist tradition. Just a year after its publication, Self-Portrait

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Citation:
Jiménez Muñoz, Antonio José. "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 January 2013
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