Degree Year

2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

English

Advisor(s)

DeSales Harrison

Keywords

Robert Lowell, Poetry, Poems, Present

Abstract

In this essay I undertake to describe how the continuous present might persist on Lowell's page. I move from "Epilogue" first to a Heideggerian critic, Adam Kirsch, and then to Heidegger, whose theory of language establishes a space where the continuous present is always possible on the page. But here, where Heidegger says it should succeed, language proves insufficient for Lowell. Lowell exposes his own failure to shape his material using literary devices like journey and climax. His attempts to align his writing with visual media allow his specific literary failures to become sites of the successful preservation of a continuous present.

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