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Amy Lowell: Selected Poems

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A cigar-smoking proponent of free-verse modernism in open rebellion against her distinguished Boston lineage, Amy Lowell cut an indelible public figure in her lifetime. But in the words of editor Honor Moore, what strikes the contemporary reader is not the sophistication of Lowell's feminist or antiwar stances, but the bald audacity of her eroticism. Her search for an imag ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published October 7th 2004 by Library of America
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Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This selection includes poems from the seven collections published in Lowell's lifetime, including A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass , Sword Blades and Poppy Seed , Men, Women and Ghosts , Pictures Of The Floating World , Legends , Fir Flower Tablets , and What's O'Clock ; along with a number of poems published posthumously...

From A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass (1912)...

High up in the apple tree climbing I go,
With the sky above me, the earth below.
Each branch is the step of a wonderful stair
Which leads to the town I/>
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May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I've read Lowell, of course, but I've never read a full book of Lowell's poetry before, so I wasn't prepared for the sheer number of poems that are: (a) all about colors, (b) all about flowers, (c) all about the Beloved, (d) some combination of a, b, and/or c.

I’m no Lowell scholar, but this felt like a comprehensive collection, with selections from all of her books, including quite a few translations from Fir-Flowers, as well as a selection of posthumous poems. She was only 51 when she died. He
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm not quite sure how, after an English literature education in America, I still found myself wholly ignorant of Amy Lowell's poems until a chance mention in a historical fiction book prompted me to look her up.

I still don't know much about Lowell, but I hazard to say she was not an expert on aesthetic. However, the overall beauty of her poems far outweighs the occasional clumsy language, as far as I am concerned. In fact, the shades of emotion she conveys with such simple language
Rosa Ramôa
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"No céu há uma lua e estrelas,
E no meu jardim há mariposas amarelas
Agitando-se em torno do arbusto de azáleas brancas".
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was not prepared for how much I enjoyed Amy Lowell's poetry, her imagery, her eroticism. What wonderful, powerful writing.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I don't have the in depth background to give an analysis of why this is so great, but, just as a layperson I can tell you this is beautiful, moving poetry that shouts its emotions off the page.
Mar 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 09, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Jun 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
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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,
“September, 1918"

This afternoon was the colour of water falling through sunlight;
The trees glittered with the tumbling of leaves;
The sidewalks shone like alleys of dropped maple leaves,
And the houses ran along them laughing out of square, open windows.
Under a tree in the park,
Two little boys, lying flat on their faces,
Were carefully gathering red berries
To put in a pasteboard box.
Some day there will be no war,
Then I shall take out this afternoon
And turn it in my fingers,
And remark the sweet taste of it upon my palate,
And note the crisp variety of its flights of leaves.
To-day I can only gather it
And put it into my lunch-box,
For I have time for nothing
But the endeavour to balance myself
Upon a broken world.”
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