Frank O'Hara

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An Abortion

O'Hara, Frank

Last Updated: Jun-15-2006
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Aull, Felice

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Poem


The narrator is both sympathetic observer and harsh judge, evoking the conflicting emotions, and human and ethical considerations surrounding the abortion of a fetus. The choice and juxtaposition of words is powerful and shocking: "more monster than murdered . . . autumn in our terrible breath."

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