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Love, Robert Lowell and poetic licence

Jeffrey Meyers includes among the poet’s ‘loves’ not only his many wives and mistresses but his colleagues, students, protégés, mentors and mother

27 February 2016

9:00 AM

27 February 2016

9:00 AM

Robert Lowell in Love Jeffrey Meyers

Massachusetts U.P., pp.264, £33.95, ISBN: 9781625341860

The conceit of this book — the author’s third on Robert Lowell — is strong, although its execution is less successful. Lowell made his love life central to his aesthetic project, especially in For Lizzie and Harriet and The Dolphin, and so it makes sense to read his work through his major emotional attachments.

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