Robert Lowell

(1917 - 1977 / Boston / United States)

The Drunken Fisherman - Poem by Robert Lowell

Wallowing in this bloody sty,
I cast for fish that pleased my eye
(Truly Jehovah's bow suspends
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Comments about The Drunken Fisherman by Robert Lowell

  • (5/11/2016 6:43:00 AM)

    Lowell is a master of rhythm in a poem that is very sad and so moving.
    It is the sheer artistry of the word music that enchants.
    Tom Billsborough

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  • (5/6/2016 8:56:00 PM)

    In my opinion, this poem is about the bitterness and misery that comes with aging. The speaker reminisces about their youth (the glory of past pools) while resenting the world he lives in now. The Stygian term alludes to the river of Styx, aka Hades, so the speaker is expecting to die soon. But, I think there's still hope for the speaker as he tries to catch Christ with a greased worm, which probably means he's seeking salvation. Jesus is known as the 'fisherman of men' so the last line referencing the Man-Fisher is somewhat ironic because the drunken fisherman isn't the real one fishing. In essence, the speaker is the true 'fish' waiting to be caught by God before he passes away. (Report)Reply

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  • Brian Jani (5/17/2014 3:02:00 PM)

    Nice and a bit funny lol (Report)Reply

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  • (4/10/2008 6:47:00 PM)

    What is this poem ABOUT? (Report)Reply

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