Amy Lowell

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Lowell, Amy,

1874–1925, American poet, biographer, and critic, b. Brookline, Mass., privately educated; sister of Percival Lowell and Abbott Lawrence Lowell. In 1912 she published A Dome of Many-Colored Glass, a volume of conventional verse. The next year she went to England, where she met Ezra Pound and became identified with the imagistsimagists,
group of English and American poets writing from 1909 to about 1917, who were united by their revolt against the exuberant imagery and diffuse sentimentality of 19th-century poetry.
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. After Pound abandoned the group, she became its leader and champion, publishing a three-volume anthology entitled Some Imagist Poets (1915, 1916, 1917). Lowell's own poetry is particularly notable for its rendering of sensuous images. Her experiments with polyphonic prose, a free-verse form that combines prose and poetry, are considered unsuccessful. Among her volumes of poetry are Sword Blades and Poppy Seed (1914), Men, Women, and Ghosts (1916), Can Grande's Castle (1918), What's O'Clock (1925; Pulitzer Prize), East Wind (1926), and Ballads for Sale (1927). Her best-known poems are "Patterns" and "Lilacs." Lowell's perceptive and dynamic criticism includes Six French Poets (1915) and Tendencies in Modern American Poetry (1917). Her most ambitious work is her two-volume biography of Keats (1925).


See biographies by H. Gregory (1958) and S. F. Damon (1935, repr. 1966).

Lowell, Amy (Lawrence)

(1874–1925) poet; born in Brookline, Mass. (sister of Percival and Abbott Lawrence Lowell). She was educated privately, traveled widely, and settled in her childhood home. She suffered nervous breakdowns, but from 1902 on, found stability in writing literary criticism, "polyphonic prose," and, most importantly, Imagist and free verse poetry, as in Sword Blades and Poppy Seed (1914). In the last decade of her life, she was one of the most prominent and outspoken figures in American arts.
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She has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship.
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