Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell, 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 imagists. 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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Amy Lowell: Selected full-text books and articles

Selected Poems of Amy Lowell By Amy Lowell; John Livingston Lowes Houghton Mifflin, 1928
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Lilacs" and "Patterns"
Imagism & the Imagists: A Study in Modern Poetry By Glenn Hughes Biblo and Tannen, 1972
Librarian’s tip: Chap. X "Amy Lowell: The Success"
Queer Poetics: Five Modernist Women Writers By Mary E. Galvin Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Imagery and Invisibility: Amy Lowell and the Erotics of Particularity"
What's O'Clock By Amy Lowell Houghton Mifflin Company, 1925
Librarian’s tip: This volume won the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
FREE! Sword Blades and Poppy Seed By Amy Lowell The Macmillan Company, 1914
Men, Women and Ghosts By Amy Lowell Houghton Mifflin, 1923
Ballads for Sale By Amy Lowell Houghton Mifflin Company, 1927
FREE! Can Grande's Castle By Amy Lowell Macmillan, 1918
Transpacific Displacement: Ethnography, Translation, and Intertextual Travel in Twentieth-Century American Literature By Yunte Huang University of California Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Three "The Intertextual Travel of Amy Lowell"
Embracing the East: White Women and American Orientalism By Mari Yoshihara Oxford University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Four "Amy Lowell's 'Asian' Poetry"
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