...of this brilliant volume persists in mind. After all these months spent buried in other books, it's incredible that such lines as "off ering our leathery love/ we're fifty, and free!" stick with me. Lowell's descriptions of souls in Hell is unsettling, while he wears one vital influence (Fugitive John Crowe Ransom), while also tackling world unrest.
I will certainly be rereading this book. If there was ever a doubt as to Lowell's genius, it's cut apart by this and other staggering works. A must read.