Robert Lowell Quotes

We are poor passing facts, warned by that to give each figure in the photograph his living name.
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Those blessed structures, plot and rhyme (l. 20-23). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Life begins to happen. My hoppped up husband drops his home disputes, and hits the streets to cruise for prostitutes,
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. "To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage," (l. 2-4). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Gored by the climacteric of his want, he stalls above me like an elephant.
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. "To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage," (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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in small war on the heels of small war—until the end of time to police the earth, a ghost orbiting forever lost in our monotonous sublime.
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Waking Early Sunday Morning (l. 108-112). . . Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse, The, 1945-1980. D. J. Enright, comp. (1980) Oxford University Press.
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O to break loose, like the chinook salmon jumping and falling back, nosing up to the impossible stone and bone-crushing waterfall—
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Waking Early Sunday Morning (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse, The, 1945-1980. D. J. Enright, comp. (1980) Oxford University Press.
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Pity the planet, all joy gone from this sweet volcanic cone;
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Waking Early Sunday Morning (l. 105-106). . . Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse, The, 1945-1980. D. J. Enright, comp. (1980) Oxford University Press.
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Only man thinning out his kind sounds through the Sabbath noon, the blind swipe of the pruner and his knife busy about the tree of life . . .
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Waking Early Sunday Morning (l. 101-104). . . Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse, The, 1945-1980. D. J. Enright, comp. (1980) Oxford University Press.
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O Bible chopped and crucified in hymns we hear but do not read,
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Waking Early Sunday Morning (l. 49-50). . . Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse, The, 1945-1980. D. J. Enright, comp. (1980) Oxford University Press.
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Better dressed and stacking birch, or lost with the Faithful at Church— anywhere, but somewhere else!
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Waking Early Sunday Morning (l. 43-45). . . Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse, The, 1945-1980. D. J. Enright, comp. (1980) Oxford University Press.
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Absence! My heart grows tense as though a harpoon were sparring for the kill.
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Waking in the Blue (l. 8-9). . . Harvard Book of Contemporary American Poetry, The. Helen Vendler, ed. (1985) The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
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