Robert Lowell (2674 words)

Lowell was one of the twentieth century's most significant poets. Noted for his breath-taking changes of style and theme, he set the standard for poetry at mid-century. Other poets either followed his lead or consciously rebelled against it. Beginning to write at the tail-end of the modernist period, he at first brought poetry to new heights of verbal and intellectual complexity. Then breaking with the canons of modernism, he brought a new conversational style and innovative involvements with family and national life into his work. His mid- and late-career writing moved American poetry toward an aesthetics of postmodernism.

Lowell was born in Boston to a collateral branch of a family with a long history of artistic and …

We have have no profile for this entry. If you are a qualified scholar and you wish to write for The Literary Encyclopedia, please click here to contact us.

Citation:
Axelrod, Steven. "Robert Lowell". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 March 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2800, accessed 24 June 2017.]


Related Groups

  1. Confessional Poetry
  2. The Sonnet Tradition

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here.