In a 1982 interview, timed for the release of his Robert Lowell, A Biography(1982 USA, 1983 UK), Ian Hamilton spoke about the "mini American invasion" of British poetry during the 1960s by Lowell, Berryman, and Plath. Hamilton ranked Lowell as the "best equipped poet of his generation." Lowell's poem "For the Union Dead" was part public, part private, he said.
Listen to the interview with Don Swaim on Wired for Books.
See Marjorie Perloff's comments on "Florence" from Ohio University.
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