* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Skunk Hour

Skunk Hour

by Robert Lowell

Isolation Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #7

only skunks, that search (line 37)

That the skunks are there further reinforces the fact that there are no people around. In fact, they're free to roam the streets because it's so darn empty in the town!

Quote #8

I stand on top
of our back steps and breathe the rich air – (lines 43-44)

This mystery "you" (implied in the "our") that's missing throughout the poem makes our speaker seems even sadder. It makes us think that maybe he once had a companion that he now longs for on those lonely nights.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement