‘Not Avoiding Injury’: Robert Lowell
Injury to others and injury to oneself are peculiarly the product and problem for the autobiographical poet. But Lowell is proud of the accomplished poetic artifact; the only disadvantage is that he cannot ask ‘compassion’ and expect to get it.
I have sat and listened to too many words of the collaborating muse and plotted perhaps too freely with my life, not avoiding injury to others not avoiding injury to myself—to ask compassion … this book, half fiction, an eelnet made by man for the eel fighting—my eyes have seen what my hand did.
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