Selected Poems of Amy Lowell

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Rutgers University Press, 2002 - 135 páginas
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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TRADITIONAL FORMS AND VARIATIONS
1
Adapted Asian Forms and Translations from the Chinese
27
On Hearing the Buddhist Priest of Shu Play
38
Together We Know Happiness written by a descendant
44
The Taxi
50
Bright Sunlight
56
Strain
61
Wakefulness
67
In Excelsis
86
Midadventure
92
Anecdote
93
Spring Day
99
from SeaBlue and BloodRed
107
And the Great Gate Swings
115
Notes to the Poems
123
Index of Titles
129

The Artist
73
MeetingHouse Hill
80

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Melissa Bradshaw, a postdoctoral fellow in English at the University of Stony Brook, is currently completing a manuscript on Amy Lowell. Adrienne Munich is a professor of English and women's studies at SUNY-Stony Brook. She is the author of Queen Victoria's Secrets and Andromeda's Chains: Gender and Interpretation in Victorian Literature and Art and coeditor of Arms and the Woman and Remaking Queen Victoria.

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