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Author QuotedRobert Lowell
Title QuotedImitations
Date (Year/Month/Day)1961/10/17
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1958
QuotationLowell's Imitations, a fascinating book. He has developed the vein I liked least in Lord Weary's Castle of taking liberties with the language and experience of foreign poets. It is no longer they-no longer Baudelaire, but something fascinating, a picture of Baudelaire's idea with the solidity of Hogarth, for Lowell's is an 18th century idiom. He cannot imitate Valery, no one can. He is good at Rimbaud and Pasternak.
JournalTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 170
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