Robert Lowell: March 27, 1957

The Poetry Center presents Robert Lowell reading from Life Studies and other poems.

Originally Recorded By:
The Poetry Center
Location:
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Date:
03/27/1957
Total Run Time:
01:01:05
Contributor:
Mark Shorer
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  • Introductory remarks on Robert Lowell by Mark Schorer (00:01)
  • Remarks by Lowell on impressions of San Francisco and Seattle; his encounters with West Coast writers; the antipathy between his southern ancestors and Major General Joe Hooker; and remarks about his poem "Christmas Eve Under Hooker's Statue" (02:44)
  • "Christmas Eve Under Hooker's Statue" (15:59)
  • Remarks on reading advice by Yvor Winters (18:03)
  • Introduces "Dunbarton" as a wintry poem focused on the town in New Hampshire where his ancestors are buried (18:43)
  • "Dunbarton" (19:34)
  • Remarks on "Between the Porch and the Altar" , a poem in four parts (22:12)
  • "Between the Porch and the Altar: I. Mother and Son" (23:40)
  • "Between the Porch and the Altar: II. Adam and Eve" (25:51)
  • "Between the Porch and the Altar: III. Katherine's Dream" (29:14)
  • Audio interrupted (32:44)
  • "Between the Porch and the Altar: IV. At the Altar" (32:51)
  • Remarks on writing "Inauguration Day: January 1953" (35:14)
  • Audio interrupted (36:18)
  • Remarks on writing "Inauguration Day: January 1953" {cont.} (36:27)
  • "Inauguration Day: January 1953" (38:22)
  • Remarks on "A Mad Negro Soldier Confined at Munich," described as a dramatic monologue and an effort to get rid of symbolism (39:24)
  • "A Mad Negro Soldier Confined at Munich" (41:59)
  • "Ford Madox Ford" (47:45)
  • "Beyond the Alps" (53:25)

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