Energy and Enervation: The Poetry of Robert Lowell

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This article explores the intersection of politics, psychology and rhetoric in Robert Lowell's poetry. It considers how Lowell read aspects of American public life in terms of the oscillation between aggressive energy and listlessness that typified his own manic-depressive illness. It also finds in the poetry a related tension between rhetorical elevation and the voice of exhaustion.
Translated title of the contributionEnergy and Enervation: The Poetry of Robert Lowell
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109 - 129
Number of pages21
JournalCambridge Quarterly
Volume34 (2)
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

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Publisher: Oxford University Press

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