Robert Lowell Quotes

see the shaky future grow familiar in the pinched, indigenous faces of these thoroughbred mental cases, twice my age and half my weight. We are all old-timers, each of us holds a locked razor.
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Waking in the Blue (l. 45-50). . . Harvard Book of Contemporary American Poetry, The. Helen Vendler, ed. (1985) The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
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We wished our two souls might return like gulls to the rock. In the end, the water was too cold for us.
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Water (l. 29-32). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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Remember? We sat on a slab of rock. From this distance in time, it seems the color of iris, rotting and turning purpler, but it was only the usual gray rock
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Water (l. 13-18). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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It was a Maine lobster town— each morning boatloads of hands pushed off for granite quarries on the islands.
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Water (l. 1-4). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
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In Boston serpents whistle at the cold.
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Where the Rainbow Ends (l. 21). . . Modern American Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (8th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt, Brace and Company.
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the scythers, Time and Death, Helmed locusts, move upon the tree of breath;
Robert Lowell (1917-1977), U.S. poet. Where the Rainbow Ends (l. 8-9). . . Modern American Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (8th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt, Brace and Company.
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