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Poem [Lana Turner has collapsed!]

Poem [Lana Turner has collapsed!]

by Frank O'Hara

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Quote #1

you said it was hailing
but hailing hits you on the head
hard so it was really snowing
and raining (4-7)

In these lines, the speaker and his companion have an argument about the weather. This argument is silly, for sure, but it's an example of private speech between people who know each other well. It's probably not all that interesting to anyone besides the two of them, but it seems important to them all the same.

Quote #2

LANA TURNER HAS COLLAPSED! (11)

Unlike the private argument in the earlier lines, this line is public speech. It's a newspaper headline, intended for a mass audience, as opposed to an intimate audience of one. Think about the differences here between private speech with a friend or loved one and public speech for mass consumption.

Quote #3

oh Lana Turner we love you get up (17)

Here the speaker makes an apostrophe to Lana Turner (see "Symbolism, Imagery, Wordplay"). He talks to her as if she can actually hear him – which, of course, she can't. Is this private speech or public speech? Why does the speaker say "we" instead of "I"?

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