BALLADS FOR SALE

BY
AMY LOWELL

BOSTON AND NEW YORK
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY
The Riverside Press Cambridge

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Table of contents

  • Books by Amy Lowell ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Ballads for Sale v
  • Contents vii
  • Ballads for Sale 1
  • To a Gentleman Who Wanted to See the First Drafts of My Poems in the Interests of Psychological Research into the Workings of the Creative Mind 3
  • On Looking at a Copy of Alice Meynell's Poems, Given Me, Years Ago, by a Friend 9
  • Who Has Not, Cannot Have 14
  • Mid-Adventure 16
  • Correspondence 19
  • To a Lady of Undeniable Beauty and Practised Charm 21
  • And So, I Think, Diogenes 22
  • Mesdames Atropos and Clio Engage in a Game of Slap-Stick 26
  • The Immortals 34
  • Apotheosis 38
  • Behind Time 47
  • Gouache Pictures of Italy 61
  • Palazzo Contarini 63
  • The Lime Avenue 65
  • The Water Stair 67
  • The Stable 69
  • FÊte at Caserta the Queen of Naples Receives 71
  • Santa Settimana 73
  • The Ambassador 75
  • From Nice to Oneglia 77
  • Villa Capouana 79
  • The Church of Santa Chiara, Naples 81
  • In the Campagna 83
  • Portraits, Places, and People 85
  • To Eleonora Duse 87
  • To Eleonora Duse 90
  • The Madonna of Carthagena 95
  • Tune 113
  • Grievance 116
  • Paradox 118
  • Hippocrene 120
  • Thorn Piece 123
  • On Christmas Eve 127
  • A New Year's Card 131
  • Fact 133
  • Heraldic 134
  • Quincunx 135
  • Carrefour 136
  • Granadilla 137
  • Caustic 138
  • One! Two! Three! 139
  • Alternatives 144
  • Threnody 145
  • Tanka 146
  • Reflection 147
  • Pastime 148
  • After an Illness 151
  • "Rode the Six Hundred" 154
  • The Silent Husband 155
  • The "Plum-Blossom" Concubine Writes to the Emperor Ming Huang 156
  • Old Examination Hall 157
  • Pillar Prints 159
  • To Two Unknown Ladies 161
  • Written on the Reverse 173
  • Silhouette with Sepia Background 179
  • Aquatint Framed in Gold 182
  • Miniature 185
  • Easel Picture Decoration Day 187
  • The Irony of Death 189
  • The Grave 191
  • The Mirror 193
  • Portrait of an Orchestra Leader 194
  • Portrait (e. R. B.) 195
  • Magnolia Gardens Charleston, S.C. 197
  • A South Carolina Forest 199
  • Circus Tents by Lake Michigan 201
  • St. Louis 205
  • The Revenge 208
  • Chill 214
  • Snow 217
  • Old Snow 221
  • New Heavens for Old 222
  • The Sibyl 225
  • The Madman 227
  • Dirge 233
  • Anecdote 237
  • The Sewing-Book 252
  • Still Life 255
  • Ballad of Grinning Death 256
  • Poetic Justice 263
  • To Francesca Braggiotti 264
  • Dance Figure 266
  • Jazz Dance 271
  • Proper Invective 278
  • Dissonance 289
  • The Book of Stones and Lilies 290
  • Stalactite 294
  • The Splendour Falls from Castle Walls 295
  • Songs of the Pueblo Indians 301
  • Songs of the Pueblo Indians 303
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