Amy Lowell
Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell was born in Brookline, Massachusetts February 9, 1874 into a high class society and the youngest of five children. Her family was Episcopalian. In private school she was naughty and often would disrespect her teachers and classmates. At the age of 17 she left private school to take care of her elderly parents. Her mother died in 1895 and her father 5 years later. She began to become a poet in 1902 when she met Eleonora Duse (a famous actress) and was inspired by her talent and beautiful looks. She also met another actress named Ada Russell who inspired some of her poems. After her parents death she bought their estate and turned it into a center for poetry. Famous American poet Ezra Pound (they met in 1913) also influenced Amy Lowell. Pound and Lowell together became the leaders of an idea called imagism. This idea emphasized the prescise treetment of pictures, things, and events. It later turned into "Amyism". They wrote in free verse syle and "polyphonic prose". Her first book was A Dome of Coloured Glass (1912). She died in 1925 as a dedicated poet, collector, critic, publicity agent, and speaker.



Life is a stream
On which we strew

Petal by petal the flower of our heart;
The end lost in dream,
They float past our view,
We only watch their glad, early start.

Freighted with hope,
Crimsoned with joy,
We scatter the leaves of our opening rose;
Their widening scope,
Their distant employ,
We never shall know. And the stream as it flows
Sweeps them away,
Each one is gone
Ever beyond into infinite ways.
We alone stay
While years hurry on,
The flower fared forth, though its fragrance still stays.

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Sea Shells
Sea Shell, Sea Shell,
Sing me a song, O Please!
A song of ships, and sailor men,
And parrots, and tropical trees,
Of islands lost in the Spanish Main
Which no man ever may find again,
Of fishes and corals under the waves,
And seahorses stabled in great green caves.
Sea Shell, Sea Shell,
Sing of the things you know so well.

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Night Clouds
The white mares of the moon rush along the sky
Beating their golden hoofs upon the glass heavens;
The white mares of the moon are all standing on their hind legs
Pawing at the green porcelain doors of the remote heavens
Fly, Mares!
Strain your utmost
Scatter the milky dust of stars,
Or the tiger sun will leap upon you and destroy you
With one lick of his vermilion tongue.

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1. Personal Response: I like this poem because it speaks of everyone leaving home one day that we need to branch out on our own and even though we go away a part of us will stay.
Theme: The theme of this poem is one day we will all leave home, but we will always return.
4. Poetic Devices:
There is a simile in the first line that is comparing life to a stream.

Sea Shells

1. Personal Response: I liked this poem because it talks about the ocean and the many different animals and songs of it.
2. Rhyme Scheme:ABCBDEFFGG
3. Theme: T
he theme of this poem is the beauty of the ocean sings to us all, expecially sea shells because we can hear the ocean if we listen to it.
4. Poetic Devices: Personification is used because sea shells can not sing.

Night Clouds
1. Personal Response: I like this poem because it brings the night to life and then the life goes away when the sun rises in the morning.

2. Rhyme Scheme: ABCDEFGHI
3. Theme: The theme of this poem is a peaceful beautiful night is disturbed by the tiger sun that wakes you up in the morning.
4. Poetic Devices: This poem I believe is a metaphor because it is discribing the night and day with animals.

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"Amy Lowell." Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia. Harper's Collins Publishers, Inc. Edition 4. 1987.
"Amy Lowell." World Book Encyclopedia. World Book, Inc. L 12. 2010.