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Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Poetry of the Tailfin

Design - The Punctuation at the End of the ’50s -

The poet Robert Lowell was heir to a New England literary tradition that included Herman Melville, a connoisseur of the metaphor and the metaphysics of finned creatures. In “For the Union Dead” in 1960, Lowell saw something sinister, even sinful, in the tailfin:

giant finned cars nose forward like fish;
a savage servility
slides by on grease.”

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