Robert Lowell

(1917 - 1977 / Boston / United States)

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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.

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  • 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.

History

History has to live with what was here,
clutching and close to fumbling all we had--
it is so dull and gruesome how we die,
unlike writing, life never finishes.
Abel was finished; death is not remote,
a flash-in-the-pan electrifies the skeptic,
his cows crowding like skulls against high-voltage wire,
his baby crying all night like a new machine.
As in our Bibles, white-faced, predatory,

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