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).

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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.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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WHEN I FIRST discovered the poetry of Amy Lowell, I was so taken with a group of her erotic poems that I suggested to my writer friend Judith that she do a one-woman show as Lowell reading her work.
The so-called polyphonic prose of Amy Lowell and John Gould Fletcher was an attempt to erase the boundaries between verse and prose.
We ought to start 'em." Imagism was new in 1913 when Pound started it, but a year later, when his anthology Des Imagistes was published, he was ready to declare that "'Imagism' is a catch word" and to turn the movement over to Amy Lowell, though with some lingering regret: "I had one brilliant inspiration.
He has also received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts in addition to two Pushcart Prizes the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship and Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets.
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Associating with Pound and Amy Lowell, and greatly influenced by the Orient, he was for a while an imagist and a writer of polyphonic prose.
Other books published this year included The Innocents and The Job: An American Novel by Sinclair Lewis, both novels; Jerry of the Islands, a posthumous novel by Jack London, who died in 1916; Tendencies in Modern American Poetry by Amy Lowell; Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley, a novel; Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise, a posthumous novel by David Graham Phillips, considered his best work; Merlin by Edwin Arlington Robinson, the first volume of a poetic trilogy dealing with the Arthurian legends that concluded with Lancelot (1920) and Tristram (1927); and King Coal by Upton Sinclair, a novel about coal mining in Colorado.
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the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship for 2000/2001.
Just a partial list of possibilities, to remind you: Amy Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, Muriel Rukeyser, May Swenson.