Who is Robert Lowell

Robert Traill Spence Lowell IV (/ˈloʊəl/; March 1, 1917 – September 12, 1977) was an American poet. He was born into a Boston Brahmin family that could trace its origins back to the Mayflower. His family, past and present, were important subjects in his poetry. Growing up in Boston also informed his poems, which were frequently set in Boston and the New England region. The literary scholar Paula Hayes believes that Lowell mythologized New England, particularly in his early work.

Lowell stated, "The poets who most directly influenced me ... were Allen Tate, Elizabeth Bishop, and William Carlos Williams. An unlikely combination! ... but you can see that Bishop is a sort of bridge between Tate's formalism and Williams's informal art." Lowell wrote in both formal, mete...
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Robert Lowell Poems

  • Identification In Belfast
    (I.R.A. Bombing)

    The British Army now carries two rifles,
    one with rubber rabbit-pellets for children, ...
  • "to Speak Of Woe That Is In Marriage"
    "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, ...
  • Home After Three Months Away
    Gone now the baby's nurse,
    a lioness who ruled the roost
    and made the Mother cry.
    She used to tie ...
  • For The Union Dead
    <i>Relinquunt Ommia Servare Rem Publicam.</i>

    The old South Boston Aquarium stands
    in a Sahara of snow now. Its broken windows are boarded. ...
  • 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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Top 10 most used topics by Robert Lowell

Night 12 Life 10 White 8 Morning 7 Blue 7 Wind 6 Mother 6 Light 6 Speak 5 God 5


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  • Chronometros: in sleep, in thunder: six poems of robert lowell received its first performance on this day in 1982 by tenor neil mackie and the london sinfonietta. enjoy the second song of the set, “across the yard. la ignota” below.
  • Evanmcgarvey: just accidentally called my wife “mom” and i’ve finally become the robert lowell stanza i feared
  • Supermattachine: nobody understands robert lowell!! you think you do but you don't!! just leave me alone with cal in my hole ok
  • Maxsixz: imitations (1961) - robert lowell
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