Robert Lowell Quotes

At it in its familiar twang: "My friend, Cut your own throat. Cut your own throat. Now! Now!" September twenty-second, Sir, the bough Cracks with the unpicked apples, and at dawn The small-mouth bass breaks water, gorged with spawn.
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. After the Surprising Conversions (l. 42-46). . . Selected Poems [Robert Lowell]. (Rev. ed. 1977; repr. 1993) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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this planned Babel of Boston where our money talks
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. As a Plane Tree by the Water (l. 2-3). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.
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Our fathers wrung their bread from stocks and stones And fenced their gardens with the Redman's bones;
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Children of Light (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.
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the mud Flies from his hunching wings and beak—my heart, The blue kingfisher dives on you in fire.
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Colloquy in Black Rock (l. 24-26). . . Selected Poems [Robert Lowell]. (Rev. ed. 1977; repr. 1993) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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O mud For watermelons gutted to the crust, Mud for the mole-tide harbor, mud for mouse, Mud for the armored Diesel fishing tubs that thud A year and a day to wind and tide; the dust Is on this skipping heart that shakes my house,
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Colloquy in Black Rock (l. 11-16). . . Selected Poems [Robert Lowell]. (Rev. ed. 1977; repr. 1993) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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Eliot dead, you saying, "And who is left to understand my jokes? My old Brother in the arts . . . and besides, he was a smash of poet."
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Ezra Pound (l. 7-9). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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And I, "Who else has been in Purgatory?" And he, "To begin with a swelled head and end with swelled feet."
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Ezra Pound (l. 13-14). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Their monument sticks like a fishbone in the city's throat. Its Colonel is as lean as a compass-needle.
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. For the Union Dead (l. 29-32). . . Selected Poems [Robert Lowell]. (Rev. ed. 1977; repr. 1993) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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The Aquarium is gone. Everywhere, giant finned cars nose forward like fish; a savage servility slides by on grease.
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. For The Union Dead, st. 17, For The Union Dead (1964). Last stanza.
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Colonel Shaw and his bell-cheeked Negro infantry on St. Gaudens shaking Civil War relief, propped by a plank splint against the garage's earthquake.
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. For the Union Dead (l. 21-24). . . Selected Poems [Robert Lowell]. (Rev. ed. 1977; repr. 1993) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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