Life Studies and For the Union Dead

Robert Lowell

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Robert Lowell, with Elizabeth Bishop, stands apart as the greatest American poet of the latter half of the twentieth century—and Life Studies and For the Union Dead stand as among his most important volumes. In Life Studies, which was first published in 1959, Lowell moved away from the formality of his earlier poems and started writing in a more confessional vein. The title poem of For the Union Dead concerns the death of the Civil War hero (and Lowell ancestor) Robert Gould Shaw, but it also largely centers on the contrast between Boston’s idealistic past and its debased present at the time of its writing, in the early 1960's. Throughout, Lowell addresses contemporaneous subjects in a voice and style that themselves push beyond the accepted forms and constraints of the time.

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C.K. Williams reads Robert Lowell's poem "For the Union Dead"

Listen to this poetry reading to hear poet C.K. Williams read Robert Lowell's poem "For the Union Dead," from Lowell's poetry collection Life Studies and For the Union Dead. Learn more about the book at http://us.macmillan.com/lifestudiesandfortheuniondead/RobertLowell Read more about renowned poet Robert Lowell at http://us.macmillan.com/author/robertlowell Learn more about Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams at http://us.macmillan.com/author/ckwilliams

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Frank Bidart reads "Memories of West Street and Lepke"

Listen to this poetry reading to hear poet Frank Bidart read Robert Lowell's poem "Memories of West Street and Lepke," from Lowell's poetry collection Life Studies and For the Union Dead. Learn more about the book Life Studies and For the Union Dead at http://us.macmillan.com/lifestudiesandfortheuniondead/RobertLowell Read more about renowned poet Robert Lowell at http://us.macmillan.com/author/robertlowell Learn more about poet Frank Bidart at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frankbidart

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“Robert Lowell is, by something like a critical consensus, the greatest American poet of the mid-century . . . More than any contemporary writer, poet, or novelist, Lowell has created the language, cool and violent all at once, of contemporary introspection.” –Richard Poirier, Book Week
 
“Life Studies gives us the naked psyche of a suffering man in a hostile world, and Lowell’s way to manage this material, to keep it, is by his insistent emphasis on form. The natural heir to Eliot and pound as well as to Crane, he extends their methods.” –M. L. Rosenthal, Salamagundi

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Robert Lowell

Robert Lowell (1917-1977) was the author of a dozen volumes of poetry, for which he twice received the Pulitzer Prize.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
October 2007
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ISBN: 9780374530969
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5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 176 pages
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