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The Cathedral Is

John Ashbery

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ashbery - cathedral
Added by: Mark Molloy
There is no pun. This poem is genius. Ashbery's whole thing is that he doesn't always have to make sense, that he's allowed to make sense. He's called post modern b/c his poetic functions like this, b/c he contrasts images for the sake of the contrast, b/c new relations create new possibilities. Often his poems work like a photo album of unrelated images, with one final line to draw it all together "life it's marvelous / follows and falls behind" etc. This poem is what it is. There's nothign more than that. It's funny. It's fairly clever. It's ashbeyr.

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