Winter 1946 • Vol. VIII No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1946 |

Winter in Dunbarton

Time smiling on this sundial of a world Corrupted the snow-monster and the worm, Ransacker of shard statues and the peers Of Europe; but our cat is cold, is curled For rigor mortis: she no longer smears Her catnip mouse from Christmas; the germ, Mindless and ice, a world against our world, Hurtles her round of brains into her ears; This winter only snowmen turn to stone: And, sick of the long hurly-burly, rise Like butterflies into Jehovah's eyes And shift until their crystals must atone To water; but the days are short and rot The holly on our Father's mound. All day The wastes of snow about our house stare in Through idle windows at the brainless cat; The coke-barrel in the corner whimpers. May The snow recede and red clay furrows set In the grim grin of their erosion, in The fusion of uprooted fallow, fat With muck and winter dropsy, where the tall Snow-monster wipes the coke-fumes from his eyes And scatters his corruption and it lies Gaping until the fungus-eyeballs

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Considered by many to be the most important poet in English of the second half of the twentieth century, Robert Lowell studied at Kenyon College under John Crowe Ransom and received an undergraduate degree in 1940. He published over fifteen books of poetry in his lifetime and received the Pulitzer Prize in 1947 at the age of thirty.

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