Robert Lowell

American poet

Robert Traill Spence Lowell, IV (March 1, 1917September 12, 1977) was an American poet.

Robert Lowell

Among his relatives were James Russell Lowell, Percival Lowell and Amy Lowell.

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  • A brackish reach of shoal off Madaket--
    The sea was still breaking violently and night
    Had steamed into our North Atlantic Fleet,
    When the drowned sailor clutched the drag-net. Light
    Flashed from his matted head and marble feet,
    He grappled at the net
    With the coiled, hurdling muscles of his thighs:
    The corpse was bloodless, a botch of reds and whites,
    Its open, staring eyes
    Were lustreless dead-lights
    Or cabin-windows on a stranded hulk
    Heavy with sand.
  • Once fishing was a rabbit's foot--
    O wind blow cold, O wind blow hot,
    Let suns stay in or suns step out:
    Life danced a jig on the sperm-whale's spout--
    The fisher's fluent and obscene
    Catches kept his conscience clean.

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