Robert Lowell

(1917 - 1977 / Boston / United States)

Dolphin


My Dolphin, you only guide me by surprise,
a captive as Racine, the man of craft,
drawn through his maze of iron composition
by the incomparable wandering voice of Phèdre.
When I was troubled in mind, you made for my body
caught in its hangman's-knot of sinking lines,
the glassy bowing and scraping of my will. . . .
I have sat and listened to too many
words of the collaborating muse,
and plotted perhaps too freely with my life,
not avoiding injury to others,
not avoiding injury to myself--
to ask compassion . . . this book, half fiction,
an eelnet made by man for the eel fighting

my eyes have seen what my hand did.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
4 person liked.
4 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: life

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Dolphin by Robert Lowell )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Alone, Maya Angelou
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  5. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  6. Jiske Dhun Par Duniya Nache, Kumar Vishwas
  7. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  8. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  9. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. Bright Star, John Keats

Poem of the Day

poet Alfred Edward Housman

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. Forgiveness, Eugene Latumbo
  2. Wrapping Paper, Bows, and You, Nika McGuin
  3. The imperfect world, Cyrus Shaftang
  4. Marriage, Marlin Nightingale
  5. Ruins الاطلال, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  6. Your eyes, Leong Ming Loong
  7. Studentship., Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  8. Knowing the Truth, Nika McGuin
  9. I write, Nassy Fesharaki
  10. Assuredly بالتأكيد, MOHAMMAD SKATI
[Hata Bildir]