Robert lowell - poet - robert lowell's poetry collection life studies is considered by many to have changed the landscape of modern poetry. This article argues that robert lowell's employment of techniques of poetic imitation - a liberal form of translation - during the composition of the life studies 200) has been recognized, and if significant critical attention has been devoted to collections in which he offers clear acknowledgement of his translational sources,. Life studies is the fourth book of poems by robert lowell most critics consider it one of lowell's most important books, and the academy of american poets named it one of their groundbreaking books helen vendler called life studies lowell's most original book it won the national book award for poetry in 1960. Axelrod, steven g, robert lowell: life and art (1978) axelrod, steven g and deese, helen, eds, robert lowell: essays on the poetry (1987) bell thomas, ed, robert lowell: a collection of critical essays (1968) staples, hugh b, robert lowell: the first twenty years (1962) williamson, alan, pity. The present volume, his first collection of criticism, should do much to confirm and strengthen his reputation in it he discusses inimitably such poets as whitman, frost, wallace stevens, john crow ransom, williams, walter de la mare, robert lowell and a good many others and the book is made a whole, instead of a. Robert trail spence lowell jr facts: american poet robert trail spence lowell, jr (1917-1977) was one of the most highly esteemed and honored poets of his day 260 conversational sonnets (some polished verse, some unrhymed), presenting pictures of himself and his family, private associations, and social criticism.
Robert lowell is one of the most influential poets of the 1950s and 60s his pioneering work, life robert lowell's life studies is a synthesis of the confessional and the epic genre it is a miniature epic irvin ehrenpreis, the age of lowell, robert lowell a collection of critical essays: twentieth century. 4, 1965 (and in robert lowell: a collection of critical essays, edited by thomas parkinson, prentice-hall, 1968, pp 143-51) for an age of world wars and prison states, when the faustian myth of science produces the grotesquerie of fall-out shelters, the decorous emotion seems a fascinated disgust after outrage has. Robert lowell, with elizabeth bishop, stands apart as the greatest american poet of the latter half of the twentieth century―and life studies and for the union i am often uncomfortable with lowell's disaffection, mistrust, and anger (one critic calls it apocalyptic rage) evident both in his criticism of contemporary society, and.
Clearly, robert lowell's first couple of poetry collections, land of unlikeness ( 1944) along with the subsequent volume titled lord weary's castle (1946), display lord weary's castle quickly achieved critical praise and proved a successful introduction into the literary world for robert lowell when that volume was awarded. Thus ian hamilton's “definitive biography” of robert lowell by its very nature opens itself to criticism about what might have been omitted or misrepresented the jean stafford collection now forms part of the special collections department in norlin library at the university of colorado, boulder campus. If you are elizabeth hardwick, your husband, robert lowell, is most likely passed out drunk or off having an affair-slash-breakdown with another woman if the situation hardwick escaped being a wife, yet when she sat down to write she remained a woman, a fact that influenced her thinking and her criticism for those still.
The book has received significant critical attention from helen vendler who has written about the book in essays and in her book last looks, last books: stevens , plath, lowell, bishop, merrill (2010) in her essay robert lowell's last days and last poems, she defended the book from attacks following its publication in. He is the editor of an anthology, twentieth-century german poetry, and in 2002 published a collection of critical essays, behind the lines his new collection, where have you been, visit a range of poets, novelists, and artists of the last hundred years, including elizabeth bishop, robert lowell, thomas. Robert lowell: a biography by ian hamilton robert lowell is not difficult to represent as the mad poet and justified sinner of the romantic heritage and my friend and teacher john crowe ransom wrote a book of critical essays which might illustrate this, which he called, the book, the world's body,. Robert lowell is best known for his volume life studies, but his true greatness as an american poet lies in the astonishing variety of his work in the 1940s he wrote intricate in other words, the personal style that characterized lowell's poetry also proved successful in his approach to criticism in his review in the observer,.
A collection of articles on robert lowell despite such criticism, davison asserted two years later, in the difficulties of being major (october 1967), that lowell, along with james dickey, might be one of only two contemporary poets worthy of the title major poet he cited a set of qualifications for such an honor that had. The collection also includes photographs, medical files, and legal papers that provide biographical information about lowell's early and later life in addition, the collection contains letters and manuscripts from several of critical essays about lowell, 1970-1987 manuscripts, reprints, clippings, etc box 17 folder 18. Of all the books and collections devoted to lowell's work, this is perhaps the strongest defense and one coming from a more than usually varied set of critical perspectives choice the essays appeal to a broad range of interestsan excellent volume sewanee review read more.