Robert Lowell Poetry: American Poets Analysis - Essay

Robert Lowell Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

American and European history and historical figures—military, political, and religious—and other writers and their works were very much present in Robert Lowell’s consciousness. This influence is reflected in all his poetry, although the learning is worn more lightly after The Mills of the Kavanaughs. As evident in his poetry as his historical sense and awareness of literary tradition is the intensity of his mental and emotional life, expressed indirectly through the vehicles of historical and fictional personas in his early poetry, and in undisguised, if more or less fictionalized, autobiography, beginning with Life Studies. Lowell’s is a poetry in the Symbolist tradition; its symbols, whether used to...

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