Poem [Lana Turner has collapsed!]
by Frank O'Hara
Lines 14-17 Summary
Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.
I have been to tons of parties
and acted perfectly disgraceful
But I never actually collapsed
- In the previous lines the speaker compared his locale with Lana Turner's. Here he takes a step further and compares himself to Lana Turner.
- The speaker sounds like a fun-loving guy. He's been to "tons of parties," and it even seems like he's bragging a bit here. This dude knows he's the life of the party, and he's done some "disgraceful" things. Tell us more, Frank!
- But despite these "disgraceful" moments, the speaker says he at least had the decency not to collapse at a party. Still, doesn't it sound like maybe he's a little bit jealous? Like maybe he wishes he could get as much attention as Lana?
- Just one other thing to think about here: where has the addressee of the poem gone? He or she was an important part of the beginning of the poem, but the speaker seems to have become distracted by the headline. Who is the speaker talking to in these lines? It's not clear; he may be talking to the "you" of the beginning of the poem, or he may be addressing a larger audience. Maybe he's even addressing the reader.
oh Lana Turner we love you get up
- This final line of the poem begins with an "oh," as if the speaker is sighing. It's like he's getting tired of Lana's shenanigans. We get the sense that this is not the first time Lana Turner has collapsed.
- The speaker also addresses Lana Turner directly, for the first and only time in the poem. When the speaker of a poem talks to someone or something absent as if they were present, this is called an apostrophe. (Check out our poetry glossary for more on the apostrophe.)
- And what does he tell her? "We love you get up." Is this grammatically correct? No. Shouldn't there be some punctuation after the "you"? Probably. When combined with the sigh at the beginning of the line, it sounds like the speaker is a bit exasperated with Lana. He just wants her to get up already! That doesn't sound so hard, does it, Lana?
- The speaker also mentions a "we." Is the "we" the speaker and the addressee from the beginning of the poem? Is the "we" the poet and his reader? Is the "we" the entire movie-going, celebrity-loving culture? We can probably answer each of these questions with a big ol' yes. This "we" includes a whole lot of people.
- In the end, despite his exasperation, the speaker is a willing participant in the celebrity culture madness. Yes, it's a bit annoying that Hollywood starlets are collapsing all the time, but O'Hara seems to love them anyway (or at least Lana).
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