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Skunk Hour

Skunk Hour

by Robert Lowell

Home Quotes

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Quote #1

heiress still lives through winter in her Spartan cottage; (line 2)

Here's the beginning of the "not home" feeling we get in the poem. She lives in a modest, spare, austere cottage through winter. Doesn't sound super cozy.

Quote #2

she buys up all
the eyesores facing her shore, (lines 10-11)

Those "eyesores" are very likely homes! The heiress buys them all up so she can continue her shut-in, cold-as-ice lifestyle in peace.

Quote #3

there is no money in his work,
he'd rather marry. (lines 23-24)

This seems to have an indirect connection to home – kind of like the shopkeeper doesn't want to do what he's doing so much as he'd like to just make a home with somebody.

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