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(9 February 1874 – 12 May 1925 / Boston, Massachusetts)

Amy Lowell
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an American poet of the imagist school from Brookline, Massachusetts who posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926.

Personal Life

Lowell was born into Brookline's prominent Lowell family, sister to astronomer Percival Lowell and Harvard president Abbott Lawrence Lowell.

She never attended college because her family did not consider that proper for a woman, but she compensated with avid reading and near-obsessive book collecting. She lived as a socialite and travelled widely, turning to poetry in 1902 after being inspired by a performance of Eleonora Duse in Europe.

Lowell was said to be lesbian, and in 1912 she and actress Ada ... more »

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  • ''A man must be sacrificed now and again
    To provide for the next generation of men.''
    Amy Lowell (1874-1925), U.S. poet. "A Critical Fable," st. 2.
  • ''The dead fed you
    Amid the slant stones of graveyards.
    Pale ghosts who planted you
    Came in the night-time
    And let their thin hair blow through your clustered stems.''
    Amy Lowell (1874-1925), U.S. poet. Lilacs (l. 41-45). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Pres...
  • ''Because it is my country
    And I speak to it of itself
    And sing of it with my own voice
    Since certainly it is mine.''
    Amy Lowell (1874-1925), U.S. poet. Lilacs (l. 106-109). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Pr...
  • ''Lilacs,
    False blue,
    White,
    Purple,
    Colour of lilac,''
    Amy Lowell (1874-1925), U.S. poet. Lilacs (l. 1-5). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press....
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