Lowell Studies

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In the concluding episode of their acclaimed series, Seamus Perry and Mark Ford confront Robert Lowell: the Boston Brahmin for whom poetry trumped every other consideration, and whose Cold War ‘confessionalism’ came to exemplify a generation of Americans’ collective trauma; the poet who changed everything, but whose star has somehow fallen. But, Perry and Ford conclude, it will – like this podcast, we hope – rise again. (Image: Creative Commons, Lowell at the Grolier Poetry Bookshop in Harvard Square, 1965)

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Further reading in the LRB:

Karl Miller on some names for Robert Lowell (1983)

John Bayley on Lowellship (1987)

Michael Hofmann: Read Robert Lowell! (2003)

Frank Kermode on Lowell’s Letters (2005)

Colm Tóibín on Elizabeth Bishop and Lowell (2015)

Adam Phillips on Ricks and Lowell (2010)

Anne Diebel on Lowell in love (2016)

Other episodes in the series:

Auden Anxieties

Looking at Larkin

Arch Bishop

Hardy’s Neutral Tones

The Idea of Stevie


Uneven Stevens


Heaney Overheard