Robert Lowell





Robert Lowell

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born
in Boston, Massachusetts, The United States
March 01, 1917

died
September 12, 1977

gender
male

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Robert Lowell, born Robert Traill Spence Lowell, IV, was an American poet whose works, confessional in nature, engaged with the questions of history and probed the dark recesses of the self. He is generally considered to be among the greatest American poets of the twentieth century.

His first and second books, Land of Unlikeness (1944) and Lord Weary's Castle (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.

Under the influence of Allen Tate and the New Critics, he wrote rigorously formal poetry that drew praise for its exceptionally powerful handling of meter and rhyme. Lowell was politically in
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Collected Poems
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 1,986 ratings — published 2003 — 5 editions
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Life Studies and For the Un...
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 909 ratings — published 1967 — 4 editions
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Life Studies
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 162 ratings — published 1956 — 5 editions
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Selected Poems
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 203 ratings — published 1965 — 7 editions
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Imitations
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 96 ratings — published 1984 — 4 editions
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For the Union Dead
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 89 ratings — published 1964 — 4 editions
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Lord Weary's Castle: The Mi...
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 76 ratings — published 1968
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The Letters of Robert Lowell
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Notebook
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 71 ratings — published 1968 — 7 editions
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Day by Day
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 55 ratings — published 1977 — 3 editions
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More books by Robert Lowell…
“The light at the end of the tunnel is just the light of an oncoming train.”
Robert Lowell

“In the end, there is no end.”
Robert Lowell

“Pity the planet, all joy gone
from this sweet volcanic cone;
peace to our children when they fall
in small war on the heel of small
war--until the end of time
to police the earth, a ghost
orbiting forever lost
in our monotonous sublime”
Robert Lowell, Near the Ocean: Poems

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