Robert Lowell

(1917 - 1977 / Boston / United States)

Robert Lowell
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Robert Traill Spence Lowell IV (March 1, 1917 – September 12, 1977) was an American poet, considered the founder of the confessional poetry movement. He was appointed the sixth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress where he served from 1947 until 1948. He won the Pulitzer Prize in both 1947 and 1974, the National Book Award in 1960, and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977.

Life

Early Years

Lowell was born in Boston, Massachusetts to a Boston Brahmin family that included poets Amy Lowell and James Russell Lowell. His mother, Charlotte Winslow, was a descendant of William Samuel Johnson, a signer of the United States ... more »

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (12/10/2015 11:55:00 AM)

    He is considered by many critics to be the most important poet in English of the second half of the twentieth century.

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (12/10/2015 11:53:00 AM)

    His first and second books, Land of Unlikeness (Harcourt, Brace and Company,1944) and Lord Weary’s Castle (Harcourt, Brace and Company,1946) , for which he received a Pulitzer Prize in 1947 at the age of thirty, were influenced by his conversion from Episcopalianism to Catholicism and explored the dark side of America’s Puritan legacy.

    Lowell was politically involved: he became a conscientious objector during the Second World War (was imprisoned as a result) , and actively protested against the war in Vietnam. He suffered from severe episodes of manic depression, for which he was repeatedly hospitalized.
    Partly in response to his frequent breakdowns, and partly due to the influence of younger poets as W. D. Snodgrass and Allen Ginsberg, Lowell in the mid-1950s began to write more directly from personal experience, and loosened his adherence to traditional meter and form.
    The result was a watershed collection, Life Studies (Faber and Faber,1959) , which forever changed the landscape of modern poetry, much as Eliot‘s The Waste Land had three decades before.

  • Hunter Star (8/26/2005 10:52:00 AM)

    the poem is not correct. the last three stanzas are from Elizabeth Bishop's 'The Armadillo.' get it together whoever runs this site.

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The Old Flame

My old flame, my wife!
Remember our lists of birds?
One morning last summer, I drove
by our house in Maine. It was still
on top of its hill -

Now a red ear of Indian maize
was splashed on the door.
Old Glory with thirteen stripes
hung on a pole. The clapboard
was old-red schoolhouse red.

Inside, a new landlord,
a new wife, a new broom!
Atlantic seaboard antique shop
pewter and plunder
shone in each room.

A new frontier!
No running next door
now to phone the sheriff
for his taxi to Bath
and the State Liquor Store!

No ...

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