In an ROBERT LOWELL's interview, in interviewer's question, I don't get the meaning of the part.

Also in LOWELL's answer I dont get the part in italic, could any one help me to understand?

  • INTERVIEWER But something of Crane does seem to have gotten into your work—or maybe it’s just that sence of power thrashing about. I thought it had come from a close admiring reading of Crane.

    LOWELL Yes, some kind of wildness and power that appeals to me, I guess. But when I wrote difficult poems they weren’t meant to be difficult, though I don’t know that Crane meant his to be. I wanted to be loaded and rich, but I thought the poems were all perfectly logical. You can have a wonderful time explaining a great poem like “Voyages II,” and it all can be explained, but in the end it’s just a love poem with a great confusion of images that are emotionally clear; a prose paraphrase wouldn’t give you any impression whatever of the poem. I couldn’t do that kind of poem, I don’t think; at least I’ve never been able to.

Here is the link of interview: https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/4664/robert-lowell-the-art-of-poetry-no-3-robert-lowell

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    It's not [power thrashing], it's a [sense of power] which is [thrashing about].
    – choster
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 15:47
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    I took it to be sense of [power thrashing about], that is, a feeling that something powerful was moving wildly. It's the power that is thrashing, not the sense. The sense is the feeling the reader gets from the work, although we often see phrases like "In Faulkner, there's this sense of ....." as if the sense were a quality of the work rather than a feeling created by the work.
    – TimR
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 20:00

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As @choster points out the phrasing is

power thrashing about

thrashing about means to move wildly

The comment

some kind of wildness and power that appeals to me

appeals to me means the person finds it attractive, that they like it

If someone says

It is appealing to me.

it means they like or are attracted to something.

A cold beer sounds very appealing on a hot summer day.

  • Thanks alot. Could u tell about apeals to me ,here?
    – user48966
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 16:06

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