13 72 Lowell's mother, Charlotte winslow Lowell, in 1915. Along with Lowell's father and grandfather, she is a central subject in Life Studies, specifically in the poems "Sailing Home From Rapallo "91 revere Street and " Commander Lowell ". The poems in Life Studies were written in a mix of free and metered verse, with much more informal language than he had used in his first three books. 5 It marked both a turning point in Lowell's career and a turning point for American poetry in general. 70 Because many of the poems documented details from Lowell's family life and personal problems, one critic,. Rosenthal, labeled these poems "confessional" in a review of Life Studies that first appeared in The nation magazine. 73 Lowell's editor and friend Frank bidart notes in his afterword to lowell's Collected poems, "Lowell is widely, perhaps indelibly associated with the term 'confessional though Bidart questions the accuracy of this label.
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13 62 In 1946, lowell received wide acclaim for his next book, lord weary's Castle, which included five poems slightly revised from Land of Unlikeness and thirty new poems. Among the better-known poems in the volume are "Mr. Edwards and the Spider" and " The quaker Graveyard in Nantucket." Lord weary's Castle was awarded the pulitzer Prize in 1947. That year, lowell also was awarded a guggenheim fellowship. 5 Randall Jarrell gave lord weary's Castle high praise, writing, "It is unusually difficult to say which are the best poems in Lord weary's Castle : several are realized past changing, successes that vary only in scope and intensity-others are poems that almost any living. And one or two of these poems, i think, will be read as long as men remember English." 63 Following forklift soon after his success with Lord weary's Castle, lowell served as the consultant in poetry to the library of Congress from (a position now known. 1950s edit In 1951, lowell published The mills homework of the kavanaughs, which centered on its epic title poem and failed to receive the high praise that his previous book had received. Although it received a generally positive review in The new York times, randall Jarrell gave the book a mixed review. 67 68 Although Jarrell liked the shorter poems, he thought the epic title poem didn't work, stating "The people in 'The mills of the kavanaughs' too often seem to be acting in the manner of Robert Lowell, rather than plausibly as real people act.I doubt. 13 However, by the end of the decade, he started writing again and changed stylistic direction with his next book of verse, life Studies (1959 which won the national book award for poetry in 1960 and became the most influential book that Lowell would ever. In his acceptance speech for the national book award, lowell famously divided American poetry into two camps: the "cooked" and the "raw." 71 This commentary by lowell was made in reference to the popularity of Allen Ginsberg and the beat Generation poets and was.
57 Although Lowell's manic depression was often a great burden (for himself and his family the subject of that mental illness led to some of his most important poetry, particularly as it manifested itself in his book life Studies. 58 When he was fifty, lowell began taking lithium to treat his mental illness. Saskia hamilton, the editor of Lowell's Letters, notes, "Lithium treatment relieved him from suffering the idea that he was morally and emotionally responsible for the fact that he relapsed. However, it did not entirely prevent relapses. And he was troubled and anxious about the impact of his relapses on his family and friends until the end of his life." 59 Lowell died paper in 1977, having suffered a heart attack in a cab in New York city on his way to see. He was buried in Stark cemetery, dunbarton, new Hampshire. Writing edit 1940s edit lowell's early poetry was "characterized by its Christian motifs and symbolism, historical references, and intricate formalism." 60 His first three volumes were notably influenced by the new Critics, particularly lowell's former professors, john Crowe ransom and Allen Tate. 5 Lowell's first book of poems, land of Unlikeness (1944) was also highly influenced by lowell's conversion to catholicism, leading Tate to call Lowell "a catholic poet" in his introduction to the volume. 61 The book was published by a small press as a limited edition, but still received some "decent reviews" from major publications like poetry and Partisan review.
Blackwood and Lowell were married in 1972 in England where they decided to settle and where they raised their son, Sheridan. Lowell also became the stepfather to Blackwood's young daughter, ivana, for whom he would write the sonnet "Ivana published in his book the dolphin. 50 Lowell had a close friendship with the poet Elizabeth Bishop that lasted from 1947 until Lowell's death in 1977. Both writers relied upon one another for critiques of their poetry (which is in evidence in their voluminous correspondence, published in the book words in Air: the complete roles correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell in 2008) and thereby influenced one another's work. 51 Bishop's influence over Lowell can be seen at work in at least two of Lowell's poems: "The Scream" (inspired by bishop's short story "In the village and " skunk hour " (inspired by bishop's poem "The Armadillo and the scholar Thomas Travisano notes, more. Lowell openly acknowledged Jarrell's influence over his writing and frequently sought out Jarrell's input regarding his poems before he published them. In a letter to jarrell from 1957, lowell wrote, "I suppose we shouldn't swap too many compliments, but i am heavily in your debt." 55 Illness edit lowell suffered from manic depression and was hospitalized many times throughout his adult life for this mental illness. 56 On multiple occasions, lowell was admitted to the famous McLean Psychiatric Hospital, in Belmont, massachusetts, and one of his poems, " waking in the Blue " references his stay there.
Eliot 's The waste land." 6 42 During the 1960s, lowell was the most public, well-known American poet; in June 1967, he appeared on the cover of Time as part of a cover story in which he was praised as "the best American poet. Relationships edit lowell married the novelist and short-story writer jean Stafford in 1940. Before their marriage, in 1938, lowell and Stafford got into a serious car accident, in which Lowell was at the wheel, that left Stafford permanently scarred, while lowell walked away unscathed. 45 The accident crushed her nose and one of her cheekbones and required her to undergo multiple reconstructive surgeries. 8 The couple had a tumultuous marriage that ended in 1948. The poet Anthony hecht characterized the marriage as "a tormented and tormenting one." 46 Then, shortly thereafter, in 1949 Lowell married the writer Elizabeth Hardwick with whom he had a daughter, harriet, in 1957. After Hardwick's death in 2007, The new York times would characterize the marriage as "restless and emotionally harrowing reflecting the very public portrait of their marriage and divorce as Lowell captured it in his books For lizzie and Harriet and The dolphin. After 23 years of marriage to Elizabeth Hardwick, in 1970, lowell left her for Caroline Blackwood.
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6 33 Later, donald James Winslow hired Lowell to teach at Boston University, where his business students included the poets Sylvia plath and Anne sexton. 34 over the years, he taught at a number of other universities including the University of Cincinnati, yale University, harvard University, and the new School for Social Research. 6 Numerous poets, critics and scholars, including Kathleen Spivack, james Atlas, helen Vendler, and Dudley young have written essays about Lowell's teaching style the and/or about his influence over their lives. 35 In 2012, Spivack also published a book, with Robert Lowell and His Circle, about her experience studying with Lowell at Boston University in 1959. From 1963 to 1970, lowell commuted from his home in New York city to boston in order to teach classes at Harvard.
5 The scholar Helen Vendler attended one of Lowell's poetry courses and wrote that one of the best aspects of Lowell's informal style was that he talked about poets in class as though "the poets being studied were friends or acquaintances". Hamilton"d students who stated that Lowell "taught 'almost by indirection 'he turned every poet into a version of himself and 'he told stories about the poets' lives as if they were the latest news. 36 Influences edit In March 2005, the Academy of American poets named Life Studies one of their Groundbreaking books of the 20th century, stating that it had "a profound impact particularly over the confessional poetry movement that the book helped launch. 37 38 The editors of Contemporary literary Criticism wrote that the book "exerted a profound influence on subsequent American poets, including other first generation confessionalists such as Sylvia plath and Anne sexton." interview, sylvia plath stated that Life Studies had influenced the poetry she was. Robert Lowell's poems about his experience in a mental hospital, for example, interested me very much." 40 41 In an essay published in 1985, the poet Stanley kunitz wrote that Life Studies was "perhaps the most influential book of modern verse since.
8 24 Political engagement edit lowell was a conscientious objector during World War ii 25 and served several months at the federal prison in Danbury, connecticut. He explained his decision not to serve in World War ii in a letter addressed to President Franklin roosevelt on September 7, 1943, stating, "Dear Mr President: i very much regret that I must refuse the opportunity you offer me in your communication of August. Vietnam War protestors at the march on the pentagon, 1967 Lowell's letter to the president was his first major political act of protest, but it would not be his last. During the mid to late 1960s, lowell actively opposed the vietnam War. 13 In response to American air raids in vietnam in 1965, lowell rejected an invitation to the White house festival of the Arts from President Lyndon Johnson in a letter that he subsequently published in The new York times, stating, "we are in danger. He was vehemently opposed to the war, but equivocal about being identified too closely with the 'peace movement there were many views he did not share with the more fiery of the 'peaceniks' and it was not in his nature to join movements that.
Against the war and was one of the featured speakers at the event. 13 Norman mailer, who was also a featured speaker at the rally, introduced Lowell to the crowd of protesters. Mailer described the peace march and his impression of Lowell that day in the early sections of his "non-fiction novel" The Armies of the night. 30 Lowell was also a signer of the anti-war manifesto "a call to resist Illegitimate authority" circulated by members of the radical intellectual collective resist. 31 In 1968, lowell publicly supported the minnesota senator Eugene McCarthy in his campaign for the democratic nomination for president in a three-way primary against Robert. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. Lowell spoke at numerous fundraisers for McCarthy in New York that year, but "his heart went out of the race" after Robert Kennedy's assassination. 32 teaching edit From 1950 to 1953, lowell taught in the well-reputed Iowa Writers' workshop at the University of Iowa, together with paul Engle and Robie macauley.
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8 Lowell traveled to nashville with moore who took lowell to tate's house. Lowell asked Tate if he could live with him and his wife, and Tate joked that if Lowell wanted to, lowell could pitch a tent on Tate's lawn; then Lowell went to sears, roebuck to purchase a tent that he set up on Tate's lawn. 20 21 Lowell called the act "a terrible piece biography of youthful callousness". 21 After spending time with the tates in paper Nashville (and attending some classes taught by john Crowe ransom at Vanderbilt lowell decided to leave harvard. When Tate and John Crowe ransom left Vanderbilt for Kenyon College in Ohio, lowell followed them and resumed his studies there, majoring in Classics. He settled into the so-called "writer's house" (a dorm that received its nickname after it had accrued a number of ambitious young writers) with fellow students Peter taylor, robie macauley and Randall Jarrell. 22 Partly in rebellion against his parents, lowell converted from Episcopalianism to catholicism; however, by the end of the forties, he would leave the catholic Church. 23 After Lowell graduated from Kenyon in 1940 with a degree in Classics, he worked on a master's degree in English literature at louisiana State University and taught introductory courses in English for one year before the. Entered World War.
14 As a teenager, lowell's peers gave him the nickname "Cal" after both the villainous Shakespeare character Caliban and the tyrannical Roman emperor Caligula, and the nickname stuck with him throughout his life. 15 Lowell would later reference the nickname in his poem "Caligula first published in his book for the Union dead and later republished in a revised sonnet version for his book notebook. Mark's School, southborough, massachusetts Lowell received his high school education. Mark's School, a prominent prep-school in southborough, massachusetts. There he met and was influenced by the poet Richard Eberhart, who taught at the school, and as a high school student, lowell decided that he wanted to become a poet. Mark's, he became lifelong friends with Frank parker, an artist who later created the prints that Lowell used on the covers of most of his books. 17 Lowell attended Harvard College for two years. While he was a freshman at Harvard, he visited Robert Frost in Cambridge and asked for feedback on a long poem he had written on the Crusades; Frost suggested that Lowell needed to work on his compression. In an interview, lowell recalled, "I had a huge blank verse epic on the first Crusade and took it to him all in my undecipherable pencil-writing, and he read a little of it, and said, 'it goes on rather a bit, doesn't it?' And then.
wrote his poem "Charles Russell Lowell: and the federal Judge john Lowell. His mother was a descendant of William Samuel Johnson, a signer of the United States Constitution ; Jonathan Edwards, the calvinist theologian (about whom Lowell wrote the poems "Mr. Edwards and the Spider "Jonathan Edwards in Western Massachusetts "After the surprising Conversions and "The worst Sinner Anne hutchinson, the puritan preacher and healer; Robert livingston (who was also an ancestor on Lowell's paternal side thomas Dudley, the second governor of Massachusetts; and mayflower passengers. Lowell's parents share a common descent from Philip livingston, the son of Robert livingston, and were sixth cousins. 9 As well as a family history steeped in Protestantism, lowell had notable jewish ancestors on both sides of his family, 10 which he discusses in Part ii 91 revere Street of Life Studies. On his father's side, lowell was the great-great-grandson of Maj. Mordecai myers (father of Theodorus bailey myers, lowell's great-granduncle a soldier in the war of 1812 and later mayor of Kinderhook and Schenectady ; 10 11 and on his mother's side, he was descended from the mordecai family of Raleigh, north Carolina, who were prominent. 12 Early years edit As a youth, lowell had a penchant for violence and bullying other children. 8 13 Describing himself as an 8-year-old in the prose piece "91 revere Street lowell wrote that he was "thick-witted, narcissistic, thuggish".
Life Studies and, notebook fell somewhere in between metered and free verse. After the publication of shredder his 1959 book. Life Studies, which won the 1960, national book award and "featured a new emphasis on intense, uninhibited discussion of personal, family, and psychological struggles he was considered an important part of the confessional poetry movement. 4 5, however, much of Lowell's work, which often combined the public with the personal, did not conform to a typical "confessional poetry" model. Instead, lowell worked in a number of distinctive stylistic modes and forms over the course of his career. 5, he was appointed the sixth, poet laureate consultant in poetry to the library of Congress, where he served from 196 7, in addition to winning the national book award, he won the. Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 19, the, national book critics Circle Award in 1977, and a national Institute of Arts and Letters Award in 1947. He is "widely considered one of the most important American poets of the postwar era." 5, his biographer. Paul Mariani called him "the poet-historian of our time" and "the last of America's influential public poets." 8 Contents Family history edit lowell as a child with his father, commander Robert Traill Spence lowell iii, around 1920 Lowell was born to commander Robert Traill Spence.
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Robert Traill Spence lowell iv ( /loʊəl/ ; March 1, 1917 september 12, 1977) was an American poet. He was born into. Boston Brahmin family that could trace its origins back to the. His family, past and present, were important subjects in his poetry. Boston also informed his poems, which were frequently set in Boston and the new England region. 1, the literary scholar paula hayes believes that Lowell mythologized New England, particularly in his early work. 2, lowell stated, "The poets who most directly influenced. Allen Tate, elizabeth Bishop, and, william Carlos Williams. But you can see that Bishop is a sort of bridge between Tate's formalism and Williams's informal art." 3, lowell was capable of writing both father's formal, metered verse as well as free verse; his verse in some poems from.