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Symbol, Allegory, Causality, and the Phenomenal Flux

Wyatt Prunty

in “Fallen from the Symboled World”: Precedents for the New Formalism

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195057867
eISBN:
9780199855124
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195057867.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores the shift in Robert Lowell’s poetry. It argues that the shift was more dialectical than an act of abandonment, meaning that the significance of his later poetics was in ... More


The Achievement of Robert Lowell (2005)

Willard Spiegelman

in Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195368130
eISBN:
9780199852192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter looks at the achievement of Robert Lowell as a poet. It discusses Lowell's rebellions against proper Brahmin Boston and other representatives of authority and his popularization of the ... More


“Fallen from the Symboled World”: Precedents for the New Formalism

Wyatt Prunty

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195057867
eISBN:
9780199855124
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195057867.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This book is a reading of contemporary American poets using the phenomenological approaches of Heidegger and Husserl. Its argument, begun with the reading of the work of Robert Lowell, is that ... More


Introduction

Wyatt Prunty

in “Fallen from the Symboled World”: Precedents for the New Formalism

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195057867
eISBN:
9780199855124
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195057867.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the difference between contemporary and modern poetry. It then turns to Robert Lowell, arguing that because of his early success as a young ... More


“Naked without My Line-Ends”: Robert Lowell in His Letters (2006)

Willard Spiegelman

in Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195368130
eISBN:
9780199852192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the letters and correspondence of American poet Robert Lowell. It suggests that though Lowell was not very comfortable with the medium of letter writing, the tone of his letters ... More


Iris on Safari: A Personal Record

John Bayley

in Iris Murdoch, Philosopher

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199289905
eISBN:
9780191728471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289905.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter presents a short memoir of Iris Murdoch as lecturer and traveller—and her relations, among other things, to God, to power (and Elias Canetti), and to what Philippa Foot has called ... More


Biographical Form Five Poets

Peter Campion

in Radical as Reality: Form and Freedom in American Poetry

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226663234
eISBN:
9780226663401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226663401.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter begins with a discussion of Robert Lowell's public and aesthetic vision as it relates to the use of the forms of biography in poetry. This is followed by sections that discuss four poets ... More


The Poet and the Tyrant

in Shades of Authority: The Poetry of Lowell, Hill and Heaney

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311178
eISBN:
9781846314049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314049.004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores the poetry of Robert Lowell, specifically his interest in tyrannical personality traits. It suggests that his imaginative engagement with the thoughts and deeds of tyrannical ... More


Reading Objects: Robert Lowell

Dan Chiasson

in One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226103815
eISBN:
9780226103846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226103846.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The work of Robert Lowell is marked by its pronounced use of autobiographical facts and by a profound, counterpointed skepticism about the poetic use of such facts. His career reads like an ... More


Commanding Voices

in Shades of Authority: The Poetry of Lowell, Hill and Heaney

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311178
eISBN:
9781846314049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314049.011
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores the influence of other poets' works on Seamus Heaney's poetry. Heaney's engagement with the shades of others has enabled him to test and develop his own poetic authority. ... More


Are Translations Interpretations? Gadamer, Lowell, and Some Contemporary Poem‐Translations

Matthew Reynolds

in The Poetry of Translation: From Chaucer & Petrarch to Homer & Logue

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199605712
eISBN:
9780191731617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605712.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

‘Every translation is an interpretation’ is a cliché of modern criticism: I take it as the first of my metaphors of translation. Its meaning is uncertain because ‘interpretation’ is itself such a ... More


The Burden of Power

in Shades of Authority: The Poetry of Lowell, Hill and Heaney

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311178
eISBN:
9781846314049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314049.003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores the poetry of Robert Lowell. It argues that the praise heaped on Lowell's work presents him as a major poet of his own time but a minor figure of ours. Lowell's diminishing ... More


Violence and Idealism

in Shades of Authority: The Poetry of Lowell, Hill and Heaney

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311178
eISBN:
9781846314049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314049.005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores the poetry of Robert Lowell. It discusses how his verse exposes family members, fellow writers, and historical and contemporary figures to unsparing and often unflattering ... More


Questions of Anticommunism: Hemispheric Lyric in the 1960s

Harris Feinsod

in The Poetry of the Americas: From Good Neighbors to Countercultures

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190682002
eISBN:
9780190682033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190682002.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter reveals exchanges among Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Derek Walcott, and Heberto Padilla. Bishop’s relation to the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) inflects her Brazil poems, ... More


The Breath of a Poem: Confessional Print/Performance circa 1959

Christopher Grobe

in Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781479829170
eISBN:
9781479839599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479829170.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Today, we may know confessional poetry as a set of texts that are printed in books, but in its time it was also a performance genre. This chapter demonstrates how the performance of poems—in the ... More


“My brother got killed in the war”: Internecine Intertextuality

Richard Thomas

in Citizens of Discord: Rome and Its Civil Wars

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195389579
eISBN:
9780199866496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389579.003.0019
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter is concerned with intertextual aspects of civil war literature and with the way such intertexts complicate and intensify the aesthetic response to the suffering and loss associated with ... More


What is Lost?

in Poetry & Translation: The Art of the Impossible

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846312182
eISBN:
9781846315534
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315534.003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the validity of American poet Robert Frost's aphorism that poetry is what gets lost or left out in poem translation. It discusses the view that the effects of form, structure ... More


Shades of Authority: The Poetry of Lowell, Hill and Heaney

Stephen James

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311178
eISBN:
9781846314049
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314049
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

What is the relationship between poetry and power? Should poetry be considered a mode of authority or an impotent medium? And why is it that the modern poets most commonly regarded as authoritative ... More


Fire Balloons: The Letters of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop

Paul Muldoon

in Letter Writing Among Poets: From William Wordsworth to Elizabeth Bishop

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748681327
eISBN:
9781474422239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681327.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter offers a close reading of Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘Armadillo’ and Robert Lowell’s ‘Skunk Hour’ in the light of the recently published letters between the two poets, as well as Bishop’s ... More


Just Talk: Writing, Media, and Confessional Monologue in the 1980s

Christopher Grobe

in Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781479829170
eISBN:
9781479839599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479829170.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter focuses on the solo career of Spalding Gray, who helped popularize confessional monologue in the American theater. Received at first as someone who “talks for a living,” Spalding Gray ... More


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