Lord Weary's Castle: The Mills of the Kavanaughs
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A combined edition of the poet's early work, including Lord Weary's Castle, a collection of forty-two short poems, which won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize, and The Mills of the Kavanaughs, a narrative poem of six hundred lines, and five other long poems.
Paperback, 132 pages
Published March 20th 1968 by Mariner Books
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Steve
I made the mistake of trying to read this collection while reading another book. These are very demanding poems, and I had to go back and reread many of them. That said, the reading experience left me feeling like I’d just had a November dip in the North Atlantic. These are dark, cold, and troubled poems. Perhaps I’m projecting what little I remember of Lowell troubled life from a biography I read many years ago, but I don’t think so. Don’t get me wrong, in a formal sense, I’d say these are outs...more
Jon Corelis
One of the best modern American poetry books

***** A Five Star Poetry Book: Recommended for All Readers

Though admittedly he had an intermittent connection with the academic world, for me Robert Lowell is perhaps the last recognized major American poet outside of the Beats who was really a poet rather than a verse-writing professor. This collection is excellent both in itself and as an introduction to Lowell's poetry. Anyone who is seriously interested in modern American poetry will know about Low...more
Justin
I'm currently reading this. I think that, for all his faults and excesses, Lowell had the greatest verbal facility of any poet writing in English. His rhymes just flow. His subjects come glancing at you like shrapnel. "The Mills of the Kavanaughs" is hypnotic, whether it ultimately makes any "sense" or not. I'm still immersed in it, it's like making a friend for life.
Pamela
I'm reading the first half of this for a literature class. I really enjoyed the formalism of Lord Weary's Castle.
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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...more
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