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Willard Spiegelman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368130

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.001.0001

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The Achievement of Robert Lowell (2005)

The Achievement of Robert Lowell (2005)

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Willard Spiegelman

Oxford University Press

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 term confessional poetry. It explains that during his career Lowell looked within and without, devising multiple designs for his articulations and that his style and subjects never stopped changing. Lowell's history and his participation in history received equivalent attention, sometimes simultaneously, sometimes sequentially.

Keywords:   Robert Lowell, poet, Brahmin Boston, confessional poetry, poetic style

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