Amy Lowell: Selected Poems

Amy Lowell Honor Moore


Amy Lowell: Selected Poems

Amy Lowell: Selected Poems

  • Title: Amy Lowell: Selected Poems
  • Author: Amy Lowell Honor Moore
  • ISBN: 9781931082709
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Hardcover



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 imagA 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 imagist poetry that is hard and clear, never blurred nor indefinite, found its purest expression in sensual love poems that bristle with lyric intensity This new selection explores Lowell s full formal range, including cadenced verse, polyphonic prose, narrative poetry, and adaptations from the Chinese, and gives a fresh sense of the passion and energy of her work.


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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 posthumouslyFrom 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 [...]

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 probably bel [...]

"No céu há uma lua e estrelas,E no meu jardim há mariposas amarelasAgitando-se em torno do arbusto de azáleas brancas".

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.

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.

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.

I see this book has high ratings, so thought I should give it a try.


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