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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 and her kind of work as a part of a newly forged, diverse, American people that registered its consciousness in different tonalities but all in a native idiom. She helped build the road leading to the later works of Allen Ginsberg, May Sarton, Sylvia Plath, and beyond. Except for the few poems that invariably appear in American literature anthologies, most of her writings are out of print. This will be the first volume of her work to appear in decades, and the depth, range, and surprising sensuality of her poems will be a revelation.

The poetry is organized according to Lowell’s characteristic forms, from traditional to experimental. In each section the works appear in chronological order. Section one contains sonnets and other traditional verse forms. The next section covers her translations and adaptations of Chinese and Japanese poetry, whereby she beautifully renders the spirit of these works. Also included here are several of Lowell’s own Asian-influenced poems. Lowell’s free, or cadenced verse appears in the third part. The last section provides samples of Lowell’s polyphonic prose, an ambitious and vigorous art form that employs all of the resources of poetry.

The release of The Selected Poems of Amy Lowell will be a major event for readers who have not been able to find a representative sampling of work from this vigorous, courageous poet who gave voice to an erotic, thoroughly American sensibility.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813531281
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 1,365,906
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Permissions
A Note on the text
Introductions: "Let Us Shout It Lustily": Amy Lowell's Career in Context
Amy Lowell, New American Poet
A Fixed Idea 3
On Carpaccio's Picture: The Dream of St. Ursula 4
The Starling 4
Mirage 5
A Petition 5
In Answer to a Request 6
Eleonora Duse 6
To a Lady of Undeniable Beauty and Practised Charm 9
Before the Altar 10
Apology 12
After Writing "The Bronze Horses" 13
Merely Statement 14
Gavotte in D Minor 15
Song for a Viola D'Amore 17
Nuit Blanche 18
On Looking at a Copy of Alice Meynell's Poems, Give Me, Years Ago, by a Friend 19
The Sisters 21
Aliens 27
The Pond 27
A Lover 28
To a Husband 28
A Year Passes 28
Ephemera 28
Autumn 28
One of the "Hundred Views of Fuji" 29
The Fisherman's Wife 29
Outside a Gate 29
In Time of War 29
Li Tai-po 29
Frosty Evening 31
A Poet's Wife 31
The Return 32
Nuance 32
Autumn Haze 32
Nuit Blanche 32
Again the New Year's Festival 33
Time 33
Nostalgia 33
Afterglow 34
Vespers 34
The Battle to the South of the City 34
The Retreat of Hsieh Kung 35
The Terraced Road of the Two-Edged Sword Mountains 35
Looking at the Moon after Rain 36
The Lonely Wife 37
On Hearing the Buddhist Priest of Shu Play His Table-Lute 38
Parrot Island 38
Reply to an Unrefined Person Encountered in the Hills 39
Night Thoughts 39
In the Province of Lu, to the East of the Some Gate Mountain, Taking Leave of Tu Fu 39
A Poem Sent to Tu Fu from Sha Ch'iu Ch'eng 40
The River Village 40
The Sorceress Gorge 41
At the Edge of Heaven, Thinking of Li Po 41
Sent to Li Po as a Gift 42
A Toast for Meng Yun-ch'ing 42
The Blue-Green Stream 43
Together We Know Happiness, written by a descendant of the founder of the Southern T'ang Dynasty 44
In a Garden 47
Absence 48
Aubade 48
White and Green 48
The Captured Goddess 49
The Taxi 50
The Blue Scarf 51
The Letter 52
Pine, Beech, and Sunlight 52
Astigmatism 53
The Giver of Stars 55
Bright Sunlight 56
Venus Transiens 56
A Rainy Night 57
Patterns 58
Strain 61
From Stravinsky's Three Pieces "Grotesques," for String Quartet, Second Movement 61
Summer Rain 62
A Decade 62
An Aquarium 63
Thompson's Lunch Room - Grand Central Station 64
Opal 66
Mise en Scene 66
Wakefulness 67
A Bather 67
Madonna of the Evening Flowers 68
From Dreams in War Time 69
A Sprig of Rosemary 71
The Broken Fountain 71
The Weathervane Points South 72
The Artist 73
Vernal Equinox 73
Penumbra 74
September, 1918 75
Granadilla 76
Carrefour 76
Lilacs 77
Meeting-House Hill 80
Footing Up a Total 81
Paradox 82
Purple Grackles 83
In Excelsis 86
On Reading a Line Underscored by Keats 87
Dissonance 88
Heraldic 88
Attitude under an Elm Tree 89
Sultry 89
The On-looker 91
Poetic Justice 91
Mid-adventure 92
Anecdote 93
Still Life 95
Spring Day 99
From Malmaison 103
From Sea-Blue and Blood-Red 107
From Guns As Keys: And the Great Gate Swings 115
Notes to the Poems 123
Index of Titles 129
Index of First Lines 133
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