• Lachlan Mackinnon


The problems with which Robert Lowell contends are twofold. The first is that the end of the dandy’s quest, on which he embarks with Life Studies, and on whose Baudelairean ancestry Lowell’s critics offer no adequate commentary,1 is found, as Baudelaire insists, in the death of the poet.2 Lowell does not die as a poet: he must therefore discover a way of making his disability consistent with his ambition. The second problem casts light on the first, for it has to do with the use of the first person singular pronoun.


Life Study Sunday Morning Gold Leaf Black Classic Person Singular Pronoun 
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  1. 18.
    Wallace Stevens, ‘Sunday Morning’, Collected Poems (London: Faber & Faber, 1955) pp. 69–70.Google Scholar
  2. 24.
    Robert Lowell, The Dolphin (London: Faber & Faber, 1973).Google Scholar
  3. 25.
    Robert Lowell, History (London: Faber & Faber, 1973).Google Scholar
  4. 65.
    John Dryden, ‘The Dedication of the Aeneis’, The Poems offohn Dryden, III, ed. James Kinsley (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1958) p. 1055.Google Scholar
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    Robert Lowell, L& of Unlikeness (Cummington, Mass.: Cummington Press, 1944).Google Scholar
  6. 71.
    Robert Lowell, Lord Weary’s Castle (New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1946).Google Scholar
  7. 73.
    T. S. Eliot, Complete Poems & Plays (London: Faber & Faber, 1969), pp. 184–90, & Lord Weary’s Castle, pp. 8–14.Google Scholar

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