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Robert Lowell

By Danel Baquilod

Danel Baquilod

on 9 May 2010

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Transcript of Robert Lowell

Biography Full name: Robert Traill Spence Lowell IV
Born into a prominent Boston family. (March 1, 1917).
Attended Harvard College for two years
Moved to Kenyon College
Graduated in 1940; Studied Graduate courses in Louisiana State University
Served five months in prison for draft evasion between 1943-1944
Led an extremely troubled personal life
Died: September 12, 1977
By Danel Baquilod Robert Lowell
Poet: The Contemporary Era Influenced By: Anthology
Phaedra (1961)
Prometheus Bound (1969) Drama
The Old Glory (1965)
Day by Day (1977)
For Lizzie and Harriet (1973)
For the Union Dead (1964)
History (1973)
Imitations (1961)
Land of Unlikeness (1944)
Life Studies (1959)
Lord Weary's Castle (1946)
Near the Ocean (1967)
Notebooks, 1967-1968 (1969)
Poems, 1938-1949 (1950)
Selected Poems (1965)
Selected Poems (1976)
The Dolphin (1973)
The Mills of the Kavanaughs (1951)
The Voyage and Other Versions of Poems by Baudelaire (1968)
Selected Works Prose
The Collected Prose (1987) Poem Analysis:
Skunk Hour

(for Elizabeth Bishop)

Nautilus Island's hermit
heiress still lives through winter in her Spartan cottage;
her sheep still graze above the sea.
Her son's a bishop. Her farmer is first selectman in our village;
she's in her dotage.

Thirsting for
the hierarchic privacy
of Queen Victoria's century
she buys up all
the eyesores facing her shore,
and lets them fall.

The season's ill--
we've lost our summer millionaire,
who seemed to leap from an L. L. Bean
catalogue. His nine-knot yawl
was auctioned off to lobstermen.
A red fox stain covers Blue Hill.

And now our fairy
decorator brightens his shop for fall;
his fishnet's filled with orange cork,
orange, his cobbler's bench and awl;
there is no money in his work,
he'd rather marry.

One dark night,
my Tudor Ford climbed the hill's skull;
I watched for love-cars. Lights turned down,
they lay together, hull to hull,
where the graveyard shelves on the town....
My mind's not right.

A car radio bleats,
"Love, O careless Love...." I hear
my ill-spirit sob in each blood cell,
as if my hand were at its throat...
I myself am hell;
nobody's here-- only skunks, that search
in the moonlight for a bite to eat.
They march on their solves up Main Street:
white stripes, moonstruck eyes' red fire
under the chalk-dry and spar spire
of the Trinitarian Church.

I stand on top
of our back steps and breathe the rich air--
a mother skunk with her column of kittens swills the garbage pail.
She jabs her wedge-head in a cup
of sour cream, drops her ostrich tail,
and will not scare.
John Crowe Ransom (Mentor; Kenyon College)
Peter Taylor (Peer; Kenyon College)
Randall Jarrell (Peer; Kenyon College)
Robert Penn Warren (Mentor; Louisiana State University)
Cleanth Brooks (Mentor; Louisiana State University)
Allen Tate (Mentor; The New Critics)

Allen Ginsberg (Peer; The “Beat Generation”)
Bibliography “The Biography of Robert Lowell.” Poemhunters.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2010. <http://www.poemhunter.com/robert-lowell/biography/>.

“Robert Lowell.” Poets.org. The American Academy of Poets, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2010. <http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/10>.

“Robert Lowell Criticism (Vol. 124).” eNotes.com. The Gale Group, 2000. Web. 28 Apr. 2010. <http://www.enotes.com/contemporary-literary-criticism/lowell-robert-vol-124>.

“Robert Lowell: The Poetry Foundation.” Poetry Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2010. <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poet.html?id=4181>.
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