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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  • At it in its familiar twang: "My friend,
    Cut your own throat. Cut your own throat. Now! Now!"
    September twenty-second, Sir, the bough
    Cracks with the unpicked apples, and at dawn ...
    Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. After the Surprising Conversions (l. 42-46). . . Selected Poems [Robert Lowell]. (Rev. ed. 1977; repr. 1993)...
  • ''this planned
    Babel of Boston where our money talks''
    Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. As a Plane Tree by the Water (l. 2-3). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950)...
  • ''Our fathers wrung their bread from stocks and stones
    And fenced their gardens with the Redman's bones;''
    Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Children of Light (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford Uni...
  • ''the mud
    Flies from his hunching wings and beak—my heart,
    The blue kingfisher dives on you in fire.''
    Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Colloquy in Black Rock (l. 24-26). . . Selected Poems [Robert Lowell]. (Rev. ed. 1977; repr. 1993) Farrar, S...
  • O mud
    For watermelons gutted to the crust,
    Mud for the mole-tide harbor, mud for mouse,
    Mud for the armored Diesel fishing tubs that thud
    A year and a day to wind and tide;...
    Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Colloquy in Black Rock (l. 11-16). . . Selected Poems [Robert Lowell]. (Rev. ed. 1977; repr. 1993) Farrar, S...
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  • 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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