Robert Lowell

(1917 - 1977 / Boston / United States)

Robert Lowell Poems

1. Water 11/24/2014
2. Waking in the Blue 1/3/2003
3. To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage 1/3/2003
4. The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket 1/3/2003
5. The Old Flame 1/3/2003
6. The Drunken Fisherman 1/3/2003
7. Skunk Hour 1/3/2003
8. Sailing Home From Rapallo 4/8/2010
9. My Last Afternoon With Uncle Devereux Winslow 4/8/2010
10. Mr. Edwards and the Spider 4/8/2010
11. Memories of West Street and Lepke 1/3/2003
12. Man and Wife 1/3/2003
13. Homecoming 1/3/2003
14. Home After Three Months Away 1/3/2003
15. History 1/3/2003
16. For the Union Dead 1/3/2003
17. Falling Asleep Over The Aeneid 4/8/2010
18. Epilogue 1/3/2003
19. Dolphin 1/3/2003
20. Children of Light 1/3/2003

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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