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Amy Lowell (1874–1925), American poet and critic, was one of the most influential and best-known writers of her era. Within a thirteen-year period, she produced six volumes of poetry, two volumes of criticism, a two-volume biography of John Keats, and countless articles and reviews that appeared in many popular periodicals. As a herald of the New Poetry, Lowell saw herself ...more
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Published September 18th 2002 by Rutgers University Press (first published November 30th 1927)
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Although it did not seem as accessible to me as Ammons’ work, nor as insistently relevant, I was equally impressed with the range of Amy Lowell’s poetry. From her sonnets, rhymed stanzas and blank verse, her adapted Asian forms and translations from the Chinese, what she calls her “cadenced verse” (which I would label cadenced prose, reserving the term “verse” to mean syllabically metered poetry), to her polyphonic prose, she demonstrates virtuosic ability in all registers.

Some of my favorite t
After Ezra Pound's famous dismissal of Lowell's poetry as "Amygism" in jealous response to her influential contribution to Imagism, the publishing industry and Western canon unfortunately followed suit, making her poetry largely unavailable for nearly a century. This collection revives interest in a poet who, though she may now seem overly formal, was wildly popular in her own time. Here we find individual poems using nature imagery that has since become cliche but whose cumulative effect is uni ...more
Lowell's early poems left me unmoved and fatigued, so the first quarter or so of this collection took me forever to plough through. I'm so glad I persevered, however. The poet grew tremendously and rapidly beginning with her 2nd volume. *Pictures from the Floating World* and her translations of Li Po are exquisite, my very favorites of her body of work. Therefore, this 3-star rating represents an average of Lowell at her weakest and her very best.
This book offers a nice selection of Lowell's work, and is especially generous with "Pictures of the Floating World," though it doesn't touch her book-length poems. Lowell can be irritatingly aristocratic in some of her mannerisms, and at times I find her saying too much and taking too long to say it. Generally, her work improves throughout this selection and is marked by a passion that, when balanced with restraint, is quite moving.
Some of the most beautiful love poetry I have ever read is by Amy Lowell. This particular volume is also excellent because of the Introduction by Moore. I didn't realize what an unconventional figure Lowell was during her life. Learning this has increased my admiration for her even more.
Lowett has a very unique way to write narrative with poetry. This hybrid style of writing is very enjoyable.
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The Reader's Den 1 5 Apr 28, 2009 11:34AM  
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Lowell was born into Brookline's prominent Lowell family. One brother, Percival Lowell, was a famous astronomer who predicted the existence of the dwarf planet Pluto; another brother, Abbott Lawrence Lowell, served as President of Harvard University.

She never attended college because it was not deemed proper for a woman by her family, but she compensated for this with her avid reading, which led t
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