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Poetry: “waking in the blue” by robert lowell this year’s poetry read is robert lowell’s collected poems , which i now realize is just too broad a collection it’s an astonishing just under 1000 pages worth of poetry, and then a couple of hundred pages of introduction, afterward, notes, and index. ' waking in the blue' is a poem by robert lowell that was published in his book life studies and is a striking, early example of confessional poetry of the handful of poems from life studies in which lowell explored his struggles with mental illness , this poem was one of lowell's most forthwright admissions that he was mentally ill though he doesn't discuss the exact nature of his mental. Waking in the blue by robert lowell - the night attendant, a bu sophomore, rouses from the mare's-nest of his drowsy head propped on the meaning of meanin.
On march 1, 1917, robert lowell was born into one of boston's oldest and most prominent families he attended harvard college for two years before transferring to kenyon college, where he studied poetry under john crowe ransom and received an undergraduate degree in 1940.
“waking in the blue” consists of forty lines divided into six uneven verse paragraphs though essentially free verse, the poem contains remnants of the rhymed couplets robert lowell used for the poem’s original composition (as he did for many poems in life studies. The poem continues, lowell tells us that he is in a mental hospital where everything seems to be blue men/women/patients he refers to the them as crows, talk aimless in their fairways lowell is experiencing withdrawals while in the hospital.
Jamison’s book is the first to bring clinical expertise to lowell’s case before it, the poet’s cycles of illness and recovery have been judged in scolding moral terms, or, worse, viewed as a kind of lifelong-mishap gif, with lowell stuck in a permanent loop when he was manic, lowell smashed wineglasses and schemed to marry near-strangers.
Lowell obliquely announces the two central themes of “waking in the blue” in the seventh line of the poem when he creates a pun on the word “petrified” (“crows maunder on the petrified fairway”.