‘Skunk Hour’ by Robert Lowell

‘Skunk Hour’

by Robert Lowell2015-03-18 13.27.09

“Nautilus Island’s hermit
heiress still lives through winter in her Spartan cottage;
her sheep still graze above the sea.
Her son’s a bishop. Her farmer
is first selectman in our village;
she’s in her dotage.

Thirsting for
the hierarchic privacy
of Queen Victoria’s century,
she buys up all
the eyesores facing her shore,
and lets them fall…”

You can read the complete poem here. Robert Lowell was born on this day in 1917, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

Want more? Take a look at our Words in Focus book, full of great work by Surrey Poets or come along to Farnham Library  on the 8th March for a night of T. S. Eliot poetry.


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One Response to ‘Skunk Hour’ by Robert Lowell

  1. Jeremy Penna says:

    Many thanks for posting this. I love this poem and am always struck by the contrast in the first lines “Nautilus” (an isolated thing) “Island” (an isolated thing) “hermit” (an isolated thing) “heiress” (?) breaks the pattern. Nice site here.

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