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‘Robert Lowell and “the business of direct experience” ’

Hancock, Timothy (2009) ‘Robert Lowell and “the business of direct experience” ’. In: Life Writing: Essays on Autobiography, Biography and Literature. (Eds: Bradford, Richard), Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 26-40. ISBN 9780230202528 [Book section]

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This chapter explores the autobiographical urge in Lowell's poetry, especially that written when Lowell was summering in the town of Castine: the poetry of 'Life Studies' and 'Near the Ocean'. I argue that Lowell's New Critical education, which deemed biographical material to be extrinsic and therefore secondary as far as poetic analysis was concerned, clashed with his 'confessional' desire to focus on people, places and events in his own contemporary life, and that his poetry never really resolved the tension between these two fundamentally irreconcilable masters.

Item Type:Book section
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > English
ID Code:13259
Deposited By: Dr Tim Hancock
Deposited On:11 May 2010 08:27
Last Modified:23 Jul 2012 14:39

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