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Skunk Hour

Skunk Hour

by Robert Lowell

Madness Quotes

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Quote #4

I hear
my ill-spirit sob in each blood cell, (lines 32-33)

Again, the speaker admits to being ill – his spirit is crying. He seems to be jumping out of his skin with sadness.

Quote #5

as if my hand were at its throat . . . . (line 34)

This is an image of self-destruction. If we break it down, we see it's as if his hand is at his own soul's throat – it's a figurative image, but a pretty disturbing one nonetheless.

Quote #6

I myself am hell, (line 35)

Such a sad line! He thinks the worst fate he can encounter is being himself.

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