Tuesday, November 13, 2012

News at Eleven: This was, as well, the pre-MFA age,

though members of the circle must have had presentiments of change: "Poetry, it was felt, could not be 'taught.' Lowell's classes were known for the attempt." [Robert] Lowell's grand vision of himself and his poetry lent itself to a crucible of talent, a cast of characters with (perhaps even in their time) a "bigger-than-Jesus" feel. Details about those characters are circumspect but revealing. Following Lowell's funeral at the Church of the Advent in Boston, [Kathleen] Spivack reflects on various personages and how they coped: "Afterward there was a flurry of visiting as the mourners reassembled at the home of Robert Gardner. Elizabeth Bishop, Caroline Blackwood, and others fell apart. Elizabeth Hardwick did not."

from The Boston Globe: 'With Robert Lowell and His Circle' by Kathleen Spivack


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