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Tailfins of 1959

from the New York Times


 The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone

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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Posted on August 12, 2009 by Editor

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