Symbol, Allegory, Causality, and the Phenomenal Flux

Wyatt Prunty

in “Fallen from the Symboled World”

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780195057867
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855124 | DOI:
Symbol, Allegory, Causality, and the Phenomenal Flux

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This chapter explores the shift in Robert Lowell’s poetry. It argues that the shift was more dialectical than an act of abandonment, meaning that the significance of his later poetics was in reference to what had preceded it. It then discusses how, in its second phase, Lowell’s poetry coincides in certain important ways with some of the proposals made by the phenomenologist Husserl in his Cartesian Meditations. It shows that Lowell did not copy Husserl’s method. He simply arrived at a point in his life which presented him with many of the same problems Husserl had encountered in a less personal way earlier in this century; and in large part Lowell developed modes of thought in response to those problems that were similar to the modes that Husserl had already described.

Keywords: Robert Lowell; contemporary poets; American poetry; Husserl

Chapter.  12692 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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