Imitations

Imitations

by Robert Lowell

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Overview

Not quite translations—yet something much more, much richer, than mere tributes to their original versions—the poems in Imitations reflect Lowell's conceptual, historical, literary, and aesthetic engagements with a diverse range of voices from the Western canon. Moving chronologically from Homer to Pasternak—and including such master poets en route as Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Rilke, and Montale—the fascinating and hugely informed pieces in this book are themselves meant to be read as "a whole," according to Lowell's telling Introduction, "a single volume, a small anthology of European poetry."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374174767
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 01/01/1961
Edition description: ENLARGED
Pages: 160

About the Author

Robert Lowell, one of America's great men of letters, died in 1977.

Table of Contents

Introductionxi
Acknowledgementsxv
The Killing of Lykaon1
Three Letters to Anaktoria3
Children6
The Great Testament8
Ballad for the Dead Ladies15
The Old Lady's Lament for Her Youth17
Villon's Prayer for His Mother21
Villon's Epitaph23
The Infinite25
Saturday Night in the Village26
Sylvia29
Sic Transit32
Heine Dying in Paris38
Russia 181241
At Gautier's Grave44
To the Reader46
My Beatrice48
Spleen50
Autumn51
The Ruined Garden52
The Flawed Bell53
Meditation54
The Injured Moon55
The Abyss56
The Swan57
Voyage to Cythera60
The Servant63
The Game64
The Voyage66
Nostalgia74
The Poet at Seven77
The Drunken Boat81
Eighteen-Seventy
A Poster84
Napoleon after Sedan85
To the French of the Second Empire86
On the Road86
At the Green Cabaret87
A Malicious Girl88
The Sleeper in the Valley89
Evil89
The Lice-Hunters91
At Gautier's Grave92
Helen95
A Roman Sarcophagus96
The Cadet Picture of My Father98
Self-Portrait99
Orpheus, Eurydice and Hermes100
Pigeons149
Winter Noon104
You Knocked Yourself Out105
Dora Markus107
Day and Night110
The Magnolia's Shadow111
Hitlerian Spring113
The Coastguard House115
Arsenio117
The Chess Player120
News from Mount Amiata122
The Eel125
Little Testament128
Black Spring130
September131
For Anna Akmatova133
Mephistopheles135
The Seasons137
Sparrow Hills141
Wild Vines142
In the Woods143
The Landlord145
Hamlet in Russia, A Soliloquy147

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