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Robert Lowell

Robert Lowell Poems

1.
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
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2.
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.
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3.
For The Union Dead

The old South Boston Aquarium stands
in a Sahara of snow now. Its broken windows are boarded.
The bronze weathervane cod has lost half its scales.
The airy tanks are dry.
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4.
"To Speak Of Woe That Is In Marriage&Quot;

"The hot night makes us keep our bedroom windows open.
Our magnolia blossoms.Life begins to happen.
My hopped up husband drops his home disputes,
and hits the streets to cruise for prostitutes,
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5.
Children Of Light

Our fathers wrung their bread from stocks and stones
And fenced their gardens with the Redmen's bones;
Embarking from the Nether Land of Holland,
Pilgrims unhouseled by Geneva's night,
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Robert Lowell Comments

Tom Haines 16 July 2020

I remember the opening line of a Robert Lowell poem: I think it started with the phrase, “Dogs bark”...and after that, all is darkness, for me. What was the poem?

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Fabrizio Frosini 10 December 2015

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 10 December 2015

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.

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Hunter Star 26 August 2005

the poem is not correct. the last three stanzas are from Elizabeth Bishop's 'The Armadillo.' get it together whoever runs this site.

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Robert Lowell Biography

Robert Traill Spence Lowell IV (March 1, 1917 – September 12, 1977) was an American poet, considered the founder of the confessional poetry movement. He was appointed the sixth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress where he served from 1947 until 1948. He won the Pulitzer Prize in both 1947 and 1974, the National Book Award ...

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