Conclusion

O'Hara, even in his wit and irony, seems to embrace Whitman's own love of immediate and spontaneous experience, of the positive radiant energy of city life and its movement and flux. All of these things show his allegiance to the Whitmanic legacy. As Whitman did, O'Hara enjoyed an effortless chaos with an intensity of purpose. They were both personal and at the same time universal. They were both truly poets of joy.

In the next lecture we will move from visual poetics to musical poetics when we look at Whitman's influence on folk and pop music.

FOR GREATER UNDERSTANDING

1. What is Abstract Expressionism?

2. How is the work of Jackson Pollack a visual corollary to the writings of Whitman?

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