Imitations

Robert Lowell

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Not quite translations--yet something much more, much richer, than mere tributes to their original versions--the poems in Imitations reflect Lowell's conceptual, historical, literary, and aesthetic engagements with a diverse range of voices from the Western canon. Moving chronologically from Homer to Pasternak--and including such master poets en route as Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Rilke, and Montale--the fascinating and hugely informed pieces in this book are themselves meant to be read as "a whole," according to Lowell's telling Introduction, "a single volume, a small anthology of European poetry."

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"Imitations is, so far as I know, the only book of its kind in literature . . . Lowell, who has used materials from other writers, all the way from Homer and Pasternak, has produced a volume of verse which consists of variations on themes provided by these other poets and which is really an original sequence by Robert Lowell of Boston."--Edmund Wilson

"The book has a twofold fascination: it gives access to the private realm of a major poet, showing us how he reads his masters and peers . . . At the same time it provides the reader with . . . creative echoes to a number of important poems."--George Steiner

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Robert Lowell, one of America's great men of letters, died in 1977.

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Imitations
Robert Lowell

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
October 1990
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ISBN: 9780374502607
ISBN10: 0374502609
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 149 pages
$16.00
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