What we love we are.
― Robert Lowell
Robert Lowell was an American poet born in an affluent family in Boston on March 1, 1917. Influenced by various poets like Allen Tate, Elizabeth Bishop and William Carlos Williams, Lowell’s compositions incorporated traditional meter and rhyme as well as free verse. As a child, Lowell was a thug and a bully who was called by the nickname ‘Cal’ after the villainous Shakespeare character Caliban and Roman emperor Caligula. Prominently Lowell’s poems reflected his childhood, family, his personal experiences, and other psychological turmoil in his life. Life Studies, Lord Weary’s Castle, The Mills of the Kavanaughs, The Dolphin were some of his critically acclaimed works. He was the sixth Poet Laureate for the Library of Congress and also won Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1947 and 1974. He is considered one of the foremost American Poet of postwar era. He was plagued by manic depression throughout his life and died of heart attack on September 12, 1977 on his way to meet his ex-wife in a taxi.
There was a time,
when I used to be happy,
used to smile and see
the world around me.
The beauty of nature
was a pleasure to me.
playing with cute puppies and birds
was fun to me.
Those happy days are gone,
now everything around me,
seems to be dark and grey.
I am always sad and demented with worry,
full of tension and in hurry.
There is …Read more »
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Those blessèd structures, plot and rhyme–
why are they no help to me now
I want to make
something imagined, not recalled?
I hear the noise of my own voice:
The painter’s vision is not a lens,
it trembles to caress the light.
But sometimes everything I write
with the threadbare art of my eye
seems a snapshot,
lurid, rapid, garish, grouped,
heightened …Read more »