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Essay On Poet Robert lowell
Transcript of Essay On Poet Robert lowell
" Man And Wife " Poem # 1
" To Speak Of Woe That Is In Marriage" Success rises from Despair Thesis RoBert Lowell "Land Of Unlikeness " Background Information * Growing up, Lowell spent every summer in the library studying English literature tradition. * Initially Robert Lowell volunteered to join the American armed forces, But was declined for poor eye sight. * Lowell starts writing about his healthy and happy marriage with his wife Elizabeth Hardwick. " It can be argued that a lot of Lowell's poems deals with the importance of marriage, and the fact that the less than perfect nature of humanity often destroys these relationships" " The hot night makes us keep our bedroom window open. Our magnolia blossoms. Life begins to happen. My hopped up husband drops his home disputes, and hits the streets to cruise for prostitutes, free-lancing out along the razor's edge. This screwball might kill his wife, then take the pledge. Oh the monotonous meanness of his lust....It's the injustice .....he is so unjust- whiskey- blind, swaggering home at five. My only thought is how to keep alive. What makes him tick? Each night I tie ten dollars and his car key to my thigh....Gored by the climacteric of his want, he stalls above me like an elephant". * Lowell uses a lot of poetic devices such as metaphors and Imagery. " Tamed by Miltown, we lie on Mother's bed;
the rising sun in war paint dyes us red;
in broad daylight her glided bed-posts shine,
abandoned, almost Dionysian.
At last the trees are green on Marlborough street,
blossoms on our magnolia ignite
the morning with their murderous five day's white.
All night I've held your hand, as if you had
a fourth time faced the kingdom of the mad-its hackneyed speech, its homicidal eye-and dragged me home alive... Oh my petite, clearest of all God's creatures, still all air and nerve: you were in your twenties , and I,
once hand on glass,
and heart in mouth,
outdrank the Rahvs in the heat
of Greenwich village, fainting at you feet-too boiled and shy
and poker -faced to make a pass,
while the shrill verve
of your invective scorched the traditional south.
Now twelve years later, you turn your back.
sleepless, you hold
your pillow to your hollows like a child,
your old-fashioned tirade- loving , rapid, merciless-
breaks like the Atlantic Ocean on my head. * Read by the Husbands point of view Robert Traill Spence Lowell was born on March 1, 1917, in Boston, Massachusetts. He Was the son of Robert Lowell Sr, and Charlotte Winslow Lowell. Lowell was a very smart and and outgoing boy growing up, he knew even as a young child that he would one day be a successful poet, and keep the family traditions alive. * Graduated from St Mark's Preparatory School, and then moved on to study at Harvard * After two years at Harvard Lowell dropped out and transferred to Kenyon College in Ohio in the upcoming fall. * After a short period of time Lowell then moved on to study at Louisiana State University * In 1943, He was conscripted and served in the military for a short period of time. * Lowell Spent several months in Jail after declaring himself " A conscientious objector" * Lowell spent the three months in jail, writing and publishing his first novel " Land of Unlikeness" Lowell's Depression * Lowell got divorced and re-married in 1949 * Lowell's Father passed away in 1950 from a long term illness * Public had a negative reaction to Lowell's new novel " The Mills of the Kavanaughs" * Mental breakdowns, episodes of the manic - depressive, had Lowell hospitalized at a mental facility. * Lowell's comeback included three new poems, and two books. * Lowell announces his break-up with Hardwick, writes a poem about the difficulties in a marriage, and receives an award. * The wife expresses her feelings towards her husband in a negative way. * Lowell make's the husband seem like an abusive, irresponsible drunk. * Lowell play's on the wife's emotions to get a serious reaction from the readers. * The poem stresses how an un- healthy relationship can lead to an abusive and lonely relationship. * Once the communication stops, there is no relationship. Analysis * Uses metaphor such as " Homicidal eye and dragged me home alive" * Lowell uses the intense metaphors to express the feelings of the husband and wife, and how their marriage is slowly coming to an end. * After a short period of time the commitment to the marriage that was made by both the husband and wife is broken . * Lowell shows that in this poem, the relationship is slowly dying due to no communication between the couple . The Power Of The " Magnolia Flower" * Both poems relate their relationship to a magnolia flower in a positive and negative way. * A magnolia flower only lives for five days. * Lowell used this flower to relate the relationship between the husband and wife to make the poem seem more intense and abstract. * " At last the trees are green on the Marlborough street, blossoms on our magnolia ignite, the morning with their murderous five days white" - Poem # 2 * " Our Magnolia blossoms. Life begins to happen " - Poem # 1 Conclusion * Lowell's writing would be described as powerful and intense * Even though Lowell expresses in these two poems that the marriage didn't work out, that there was still once a beautiful time where there was love and happiness in the relationship. * Lowell wrote these poems from his own experiences by being divorced twice. Questions ! * Why Was Lowell put in jail ? And what did he accomplish while being there for the three months? * What was the first university Lowell attended ? * How does the magnolia flower relate to the poems? * What was Robert Lowell's mother's name ? Game time !! Now I am going to split the class into groups and get them to create four lines that follow the same pattern, use at least one of the poetic devices used in the poems, and reference to the magnolia flower as well as a relationship growing and dying.