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Notebook 1967-68: Poems (FSG Classics) 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0374509477
ISBN-10: 0374509476
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“The poet offers an account of his personal history as it has painstakingly ordered itself in images. It is the response of a racked but magnanimous mind, the response of a poet. . . . Many of the events [in Notebook] are drawn from our common history, our wars and demonstrations, our assassinations and riots. Throughout burns a passionate intelligence, a conscience, which the reader feels is trustworthy.” ―William Meredith, The New York Times Book Review

“What Lowell has done is to make poetry difficult again. This has nothing to do with intellectual puzzles: instead, it is the more strenuous creative difficulty of a poetry molded precisely to a powerful and mature talent. [Lowell] appears in Notebook as a very subtle man, unashamedly intelligent, well read and alert, whose poems are at once delicate and piercing.” ―A. Alvarez, The Observer (London)

About the Author

Robert Lowell (1917-77) was the renowned and controversial author of many books of poetry, including Day by Day, The Dolphin, and History. FSG also published his Collected Prose in 1987.

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Product Details

  • Series: FSG Classics
  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 3 edition (April 30, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374509476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374509477
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,639,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The "Notebook" poems are a hodgepodge of Lowell's unrhymed sonnets. Like the dates in the title indicate, the poems follow a loose timeline. Lowell writes in the flyleaf, "The time is a summer, an autumn, a winter, a spring, another summer; here the poem ends, except for turned-back bits of fall and winter 1968. . .My plot rolls with the seasons. The separate poems and section are opportunist and inspired by impulse." The poems are definitely impulsive and seem more tossed off than anything else Lowell wrote. But that's not a good thing because they also feel rather uninspired.

If you pick up one of Lowell's books, get Life Studies/For the Union Dead. And if you're a big fan, I recommend the Collected Poems. Of course, I should note that this book isn't included in the Collected Poems. But really, this one's only for completists.
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...of this brilliant volume persists in mind. After all these months spent buried in other books, it's incredible that such lines as "off ering our leathery love/ we're fifty, and free!" stick with me. Lowell's descriptions of souls in Hell is unsettling, while he wears one vital influence (Fugitive John Crowe Ransom), while also tackling world unrest.
I will certainly be rereading this book. If there was ever a doubt as to Lowell's genius, it's cut apart by this and other staggering works. A must read.
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This book was exactly as advertised - a beautiful copy of a somewhat hard to find book, dust cover intact, interesting and time - enlivened poems overflowing. Unfortunately, the USPS mangled it in transit. Within 10 hours of clicking the appropriate spot on the website, I got a full refund and a nice note from the seller. I'm a slighly unfortunate - but satisfied - customer!
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