‘I’m learning to live in history’: On Robert Lowell by Declan Ryan

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the death of the American poet Robert Lowell. Here Declan Ryan, Faber New Poet, reflects on Lowell’s remarkable legacy.   ‘our life too long for comfort and too brief /for perfection’ (from ‘Ice’) Robert Lowell was born 100 years ago, on 1 March 1917, and died, as he’d predicted,…