Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell, American poet

Amy Lowell (February 9, 1874 – May 12, 1925) was an American poet known for a form of poetry called Imagism. The product of a wealthy Brookline, Massachusetts family who didn’t allow their females to attend college. Thus, she became an avid reader and collector of books. Lowell was known for her forceful personality and habits, which included smoking cigars and using radical language.

Imagist poetry, according to her was defined as the “concentration is of the very essence of poetry” and aimed to “produce poetry that is hard and clear, never blurred nor indefinite.” Her first collection of poems, A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass, was published in 1912, to a tepid response. Around the same time, she began a relationship with an actress, Ada Dwyer Russell.


Europe and influences

A trip to Europe brought her into contact with poet Ezra Pound who was both an influence on her work, and also a critic of  it — he believed that she somehow usurped the imagist movement. Despite her inauspicious beginnings as a published poet, Lowell saw more success as her career progressed.

Her poetry was widely published in magazines and other publications. Sword Blades and Poppy Seed (1914), a collection of poems enjoyed much favorable attention, as did her collection of literary criticism, Six French Poets (1915).


Tirelessly promoting, constantly writing

Lowell’s energy was legendary — she lectured tirelessly to promote poetry, and wrote ceaselessly — in addition to more than 650 poems, she wrote numerous essays, as well as works of criticism and translation.


Legacy

The poet suffered from a glandular disorder that caused many health problems, and in 1925, at age 51, died of a cerebral hemorrhage. In 1926 she won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, for What’s O’Clock. Lowell’s work faded from favor for some time, but the women’s movement of the 1970’s brought renewed attention to her work.


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