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July 24

Robert Graves born, 1895

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What prominent mid-twentieth century American poet moved to Nashville to study with Allen Tate, describing himself on arrival as having a "head . . . full of Miltonic, vaguely piratical ambitions. My only anchor was a suitcase, heavy with bad poetry"?

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Robert Lowell. Compare his For the Union Dead with Tate's Ode to the Confederate Dead.

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