Journal Article

Energy and Enervation: The Poetry of Robert Lowell

Stephen James

in The Cambridge Quarterly

Published on behalf of Cambridge Quarterly

Volume 34, issue 2, pages 109-129
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 0008-199X
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1471-6836 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/camqtly/bfi013
Energy and Enervation: The Poetry of Robert Lowell

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This article explores the intersection of politics, psychology and rhetoric in Robert Lowell’s poetry. It considers how Lowell read aspects of American public life in terms of the oscillation between aggressive energy and listlessness that typified his own manic-depressive illness. It also finds in the poetry a related tension between rhetorical elevation and the voice of exhaustion.

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