THE DOLPHIN, 78 pages. $6.95;
HISTORY, 207 pages. $7.95;
FOR LIZZIE AND HARRIET, 48 pages. $6.95. by ROBERT LOWELL
Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
At 56. Robert Lowell is the country's leading claimant to the title of major poet. Most of his generation−Theodore Roethke, Randall Jarrell. John Berryman, Delmore Schwartz−are dead. When Lowell published his first book. Lord Wearys Castle, right after World War II. critics overwhelmed him with praise. Over the years he has proved a poet of exceptional intelligence and technical craft rather than mercurial lyric gifts.
Two of these books−For Lizzie and Harriet...