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Selected Poems

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Selected Poems includes over 200 works culled from Robert Lowells books of verseLord Wearys Castle, The Mills of the Kavanaughs, Life Studies, For the Union Dead, Near the Ocean, History, For Lizzie and Harriet, and The Dolphin. Edited and with a foreword by the poet Frank Bidart, who also edited Collected Poems of Robert Lowell, this volume is a perfectly chosen representation of “the greatest American poet of the mid-century” (Richard Poirier, Book Week).
Robert Lowell (1917–77) was the renowned and controversial author of many books of poetry, including For the Union Dead (1964) and Life Studies (1959), both published by FSG, which also published his Collected Poems in 2003.
Selected Poems includes over two hundred works culled from Robert Lowell's books of verseLord Weary's Castle, The Mills of the Kavanaughs, Life Studies, For the Union Dead, Near the Ocean, History, For Lizzie and Harriet, and The Dolphin. Edited and with a foreword by the poet Frank Bidart, who also edited Collected Poems of Robert Lowell, this revised and expanded edition is a chosen representation of "the greatest American poet of the mid-century" (Richard Poirier, Book Week).
Edited and with a foreword by the poet Frank Bidart, this revised and expanded edition of over two hundred works culled from Lowell's book of verse is a chosen representation of "the greatest American poet of the mid-century" (Richard Poirier, Book Week).
"The concise but passionate prose of Frank Bidart's brief introductory essay argues that Lowell is more than the upper-crust Yankee his cultural references can make him seem to be. Lowell's confessional frankness and personal subject matter don't merely make a self-serving self-portrait; as Bidart writes, 'Robert Lowell was a transgressive artisthis art again and again broke taboos, both thematic and formal. If what you're looking for from your poetry is redemption and honesty in a distinctively American key, you won't find it in denser form anywhere else, Lowell asks elemental questions about memory, family, America and art, and his intimacy distills a compassion for all."Katie Peterson, Chicago Tribune
 
"Selected Poems [has] resuscitated conversation about one of the most stylish and ambitious poets of the 20th century. The features that make Lowell exciting to readtechnical brilliance, as well as the instinct to deviate from it; a persuasive, public, rhetorical voice; dark interiorityare all on display in Selected Poems. What is also here, which Lowell excluded from the earlier Selected, is '91 Revere Street,' a remarkable prose memoir that demonstrates just how clear he was capable of being about his life."Los Angeles Times
 
Selected Poems demonstrates with unequivocal clarity that Robert Lowells poems, not the least bit dated, remain as stunning and impressive now as they seemed back then, when they took American poetry by storm six decades ago.”Steve Kowit, The San Diego Union-Tribune 
 
"This selectiona much-expanded version by Bidart of Lowell's own late-life cullingbrings the Herculean effort of restoring Lowell's oeuvre to print and prominence near completion. Next to the colossal Collected Poems, this is a formidable book in its own right, offering a distilled view of the arc of Lowell's whole career and of each of his individual books. From the early formal triumphs of Lord Weary's Castle and The Mills of the Kavanaughs to the seminal Life Studies (which is presented here in its entirety and includes what may be Lowell's most overarching characterization of his work: 'I myself am hell'); from the tense and arguably unscrupulous sonnets of History and For Lizzie and Harriet to the dark resolve of The Dolphin and Day by Day: all of Lowell's varied modes are generously represented, along with Bidart's notes from Collected Poems. This book finally makes the breadth of Lowell's great achievement accessible in a single, portable volume."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Review:

"With Collected Poems (2003) and last year's Letters, this selection — a much-expanded version by Bidart of Lowell's own late-life culling — brings the Herculean effort of restoring Lowell's oeuvre to print and prominence near completion. Next to the colossal Collected Poems, this is a formidable book in its own right, offering a distilled view of the arc of Lowell's whole career and of each of his individual books. From the early formal triumphs of Lord Weary's Castle and The Mills of the Kavanaughs to the seminal Life Studies (which is presented here in its entirety and includes what may be Lowell's most overarching characterization of his work: 'I myself am hell'); from the tense and arguably unscrupulous sonnets of History and For Lizzie and Harriet to the dark resolve of The Dolphin and Day by Day: all of Lowell's varied modes are generously represented, along with Bidart's notes from Collected Poems. This book finally makes the breadth of Lowell's great achievement accessible in a single, portable volume." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

." . .Over 200 works, culled from each of Lowell's books of verse. . . are a perfectly chosen representation of 'the greatest American poet of the mid-century.'"--Richard Poirier, "Book Week."

Synopsis:

Selected Poems includes over 200 works culled from Robert Lowell's books of verse--Lord Weary's Castle, The Mills of the Kavanaughs, Life Studies, For the Union Dead, Near the Ocean, History, For Lizzie and Harriet, and The Dolphin. Edited and with a foreword by the poet Frank Bidart, who also edited Collected Poems of Robert Lowell, this volume is a perfectly chosen representation of "the greatest American poet of the mid-century" (Richard Poirier, Book Week).

About the Author

Robert Lowell (1917-77) was the renowned and controversial author of many books of poetry, including For the Union Dead (1964) and Life Studies (1959), both published by FSG, which also published his Collected Poems in 2003.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Frank Bidart

 

From Lord Weary's Castle (1946)

The Exile's Return

The Holy Innocents

Colloquy in Black Rock

The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket

In Memory of Arthur Winslow (Death from Cancer)

Mary Winslow

The Drunken Fisherman

Between the Porch and the Altar

The Ghost

In the Cage

At the Indian Killer's Grave

Mr. Edwards and the Spider

After the Surprising Conversions

The Death of the Sheriff (Noli Me Tangere)

Where the Rainbow Ends

 
From The Mills of the Kavanaughs (1951)
The Mills of the Kavanaughs

Falling Asleep over the Aeneid

Her Dead Brother " 41 

Mother Marie Therese

The Fat Man in the Mirror

Thanksgiving's Over

 

Life Studies (1959)

Part One

Beyond the Alps

The Banker's Daughter

Inauguration Day: January 1953

Mad Negro Soldier Confined at Munich

Part Two

91 Revere Street

Part Three

Ford Madox Ford

For George Santayana

To Delmore Schwartz

Words for Hart

Part Four: LIFE STUDIES 

I.

My Last Afternoon with Uncle Devereux Winslow

Dunbarton

Grandparents

Commander Lowell

Terminal Days at Beverly Farms

Father's Bedroom

For Sale

Sailing Home from Rapallo

During Fever

Waking in the Blue

Home After Three Months Away

II.

Memories of West Street and Lepke

Man and Wife

"To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage"

Skunk Hour

 

From For the Union Dead (1964)

Water

The Old Flame

Middle Age

The Mouth of the Hudson

Fall 1961

Florence

Eye and Tooth

Alfred Corning Clark

Child's Song

The Public Garden

Going to and fro

Myopia: a Night

The Drinker

Hawthorne

Jonathan Edwards in Western Massachusetts

Tenth Muse

The Neo-Classical Urn

Caligula

July in Washington

Buenos Aires

Soft Wood

New York 1962: Fragment

The Flaw

Night Sweat

For the Union Dead

 

From Near the Ocean (1967) 

Near the Ocean

   1. Waking Early Sunday Morning

   2. Fourth of July in Maine "

   3. The Opposite House

   4. Central Park

   5. Near the Ocean

 

From History (1973)

History

Man and Woman

Alexander

Death of Alexander

Hannibal I. Roman Disaster at the Trebia

Marcus Cato 234-149 B.C.

Marcus Cato 95-46 B.C.

Cicero, the Sacrificial Killing

Nunc est bibendum, Cleopatra's Death

Juvenal's Prayer

Attila, Hitler

Mohammed

Death of Count Roland

Joinville and Louis IX

Dante 3. Buonconte

Dames du Temps Jadis

Coleridge and Richard II

Bosworth Field

Sir Thomas More

Anne Boleyn

Death of Anne Boleyn

Charles V by Titian

Marlowe

Mary Smart

Rembrandt

The Worst Sinner, Jonathan Edwards' God

Watchmaker God

Robespierre and Mozart as Stage

Saint-Just 1767-93

Napoleon

Waterloo

Beethoven

Coleridge

The Lost Tune

Margaret Fuller Drowned

Abraham Lincoln

Verdun

Dream of Fair Ladies

Serpent

Words

Sunrise

Randall Jarrell I. October 1965

Randall Jarrell 2

Randall Jarrell 3

T. S. Eliot

Ezra Pound

William Carlos Williams

Robert Frost

Stalin

Caracas

The March I

The March 2

Worse Times­

Ulysses

Fever

Two Walls

For Robert Kennedy 1925-­­68

For Eugene McCarthy

Publication Day

Lévi-Strauss in London

The Nihilist as Hero

Reading Myself

For Elizabeth Bishop 4

Death and the Bridge

Ice

End of a Year

 

From For Lizzie and Harriet (1973)

Part One

Harriet, born January 4,1957

Harriet

Elizabeth

These Winds (Harriet)

Harriet

Part Two

Snake

Christmas Tree

Dear Sorrow

Harriet's Dream

Left Out of Vacation

Das Ewig Weibliche

Our Twentieth Wedding Anniversary (Elizabeth)

The Hard Way (Harriet)

Words for Muffin, a Guinea-Pig

End of Camp Alamoosook (Harriet)

Bringing a Turtle Home

Returning Turtle

Growth (Harriet)

The Graduate (Elizabeth) 

Long Summer

No Hearing

No Hearing

Outlivers (Harriet and Elizabeth)

My Heavenly Shiner (Elizabeth)

It Did (Elizabeth) 

Seals

Obit

 

From The Dolphin (1973) 

Fishnet

Window

The Serpent

Symptoms

Voices

3ld Snapshot from Venice 1952

Fall Weekend at Milgate 

Mermaid

In the Mail

Flounder

Exorcism

Plotted

The Couple

Artist's Model 

Mermaid Emerging

Angling 

Leaf-Lace Dress

Late Summer at Milgate

Robert Sheridan Lowell

Careless Night

Wildrose

Ivana

Lost Fish

Sick

Plane-Ticket

Christmas 

Christmas

Dolphin

 

From Selected Poems (1976) 

 NINETEEN THIRTIES 

First Things

First Love

1930's

Searching

1930's

1930's

1930's

Bobby Delano

1930's

Long Summers

Long Summers

Long Summers

1930's

1930's

Anne Dick 1.1936

Anne Dick 2. 1936

Father

Mother and Father 1

Mother and Father 2

Returning

Mother, 1972

Father in a Dream

Tb Daddy

Will Not Come Back " 284

MEXICO 

Mexico (1, 3-10)

Eight Months Later

   i. Eight Months Later " 292 

   2. Die Gold-Orangen " 292 

 

From Day by Day (1977) 

Ulysses and Circe

Our Afterlife 1

For John Berryman

Square of Black

In the Ward

DAY BY DAY 

from Part I 

The Day

Domesday Book

Marriage

from Part II 

Robert T. S. Lowell

For Sheridan

Grass Fires

St. Mark's, 1933

Suburban Surf

from Part III

Ten Minutes

Notice

Shifting Colors

Unwanted

The Downlook

Thanks-Offering for Recovery

Epilogue

 

From Last Poems (1977) 

Summer Tides

 

Notes

Chronology

Index of Titles

Index of First Lines

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374530068
Foreword:
Bidart, Frank
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Foreword:
Bidart, Frank
Author:
Lowell, Robert
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Expanded
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes a Chronology, Notes, and an Ind
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
9.04 x 6.33 x 1.15 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With Collected Poems (2003) and last year's Letters, this selection — a much-expanded version by Bidart of Lowell's own late-life culling — brings the Herculean effort of restoring Lowell's oeuvre to print and prominence near completion. Next to the colossal Collected Poems, this is a formidable book in its own right, offering a distilled view of the arc of Lowell's whole career and of each of his individual books. From the early formal triumphs of Lord Weary's Castle and The Mills of the Kavanaughs to the seminal Life Studies (which is presented here in its entirety and includes what may be Lowell's most overarching characterization of his work: 'I myself am hell'); from the tense and arguably unscrupulous sonnets of History and For Lizzie and Harriet to the dark resolve of The Dolphin and Day by Day: all of Lowell's varied modes are generously represented, along with Bidart's notes from Collected Poems. This book finally makes the breadth of Lowell's great achievement accessible in a single, portable volume." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , ." . .Over 200 works, culled from each of Lowell's books of verse. . . are a perfectly chosen representation of 'the greatest American poet of the mid-century.'"--Richard Poirier, "Book Week."
"Synopsis" by ,
Selected Poems includes over 200 works culled from Robert Lowell's books of verse--Lord Weary's Castle, The Mills of the Kavanaughs, Life Studies, For the Union Dead, Near the Ocean, History, For Lizzie and Harriet, and The Dolphin. Edited and with a foreword by the poet Frank Bidart, who also edited Collected Poems of Robert Lowell, this volume is a perfectly chosen representation of "the greatest American poet of the mid-century" (Richard Poirier, Book Week).
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