Robert Lowell

(1917 - 1977 / Boston / United States)

Robert Lowell Poems

1. "To Speak Of Woe That Is In Marriage&Quot; 1/20/2003
2. After The Surprising Conversions 4/8/2010
3. Children Of Light 1/3/2003
4. Dolphin 1/3/2003
5. Epilogue 1/3/2003
6. Falling Asleep Over The Aeneid 4/8/2010
7. For The Union Dead 1/3/2003
8. Harpo Marx 6/12/2015
9. History 1/3/2003
10. Home After Three Months Away 1/3/2003
11. Homecoming 1/3/2003
12. July In Washington 3/26/2015
13. Man And Wife 1/3/2003
14. Memories Of West Street And Lepke 1/3/2003
15. Mr. Edwards And The Spider 4/8/2010
16. My Last Afternoon With Uncle Devereux Winslow 4/8/2010
17. Sailing Home From Rapallo 4/8/2010
18. Skunk Hour 1/3/2003
19. The Drunken Fisherman 1/3/2003
20. The Old Flame 1/3/2003
21. The Quaker Graveyard In Nantucket 1/3/2003
22. To Speak Of Woe That Is In Marriage 1/3/2003
23. Waking In The Blue 1/3/2003
24. Water 11/24/2014
Best Poem of Robert Lowell

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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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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