James Russell Lowell

James Russell Lowell

Cambridge, Massachusetts
James Russell Lowell
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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James Russell Lowell was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets who rivaled the popularity of British poets. These poets usually used conventional forms and meters in their poetry, making them suitable for families ente ...
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The First Snowfall
THE snow had begun in the gloaming,
And busily all the night
Had been heaping field and highway
With a silence deep and white.
Above And Below
O dwellers in the valley-land,
Who in deep twilight grope and cower,
Till the slow mountain's dial-hand
Shorten to noon's triumphal hour
A Stanza On Freedom
THEY are slaves who fear to speak
For the fallen and the weak;
They are slaves who will not choose
Hatred, scoffing, and abuse,
A Fable For Critics
Phoebus, sitting one day in a laurel-tree's shade,
Was reminded of Daphne, of whom it was made,
For the god being one day too warm in his wooing,
She took to the tree to escape his pursuing
A Letter
This kind o' sogerin' aint a mite like our October trainin',
A chap could clear right out from there ef 't only looked like rainin',
An' th' Cunnles, tu, could kiver up their shappoes with bandanners,
An' send the insines skootin' to the bar-room with their banners
Popular Quotes
11 November 2014
I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.
11 November 2014
It is mediocrity which makes laws and sets mantraps and spring-guns in the realm of free song, saying thus far shalt thou go and no further.
11 November 2014
Freedom is the only law which genius knows.
11 November 2014
The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.
11 November 2014
Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.


Elizabeth Pierce 09 June 2019
James Russell Lowell ‘s poems speak volumes to me.
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Hal Wheeler 05 May 2019
Mr. Lowell wrote a short poem for Grover Cleveland that began with: " Let who has felt compute the strain of struggle with abuses strong. I have memorized it but why can't I find it among his poems, listed here?
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XXXTENTACION 14 March 2019
Yooo just saw my boi James Russell in heaven broo
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Marge Gogin 12 February 2019
I have an old copy of works by Lowell - It is inscribed " To Will H. White, From Warren Hubbard, June 13th,1911" . It has gold leafing on ole leather cover. It is Poems of James Russell Lowell with biographical Sketch by Nathan Haskell Dole. Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. publishers. Copywright,1892,1898. I was just wondering if this copy is worth anything. I can be reached at margegogin@gmail.com.
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David Powell 22 July 2018
“The First Snowfall” is about Lowell’s thinking of the snow coverering his daughter’s grave at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge MA where he, too, is buried. This is the poem that Mevelyn is referring to. “She Came and Went” which is about life’s brevity and the little time we have with each other is about the same passing of his daughter.
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Fran Morgan 15 March 2018
I’m looking for a poem by James Russell Lowell that he wrote about his daughters death.
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Fran Morgsn 15 March 2018
“ there’s a narrow ridge in the graveyard Would scarce...... ———-/—/—————-/- Immortal? I know it and feel it. Who doubts it of such as she? But that is the pang’s very Secret Immortal.. away from me.
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Mary Skarpathiotaki 19 January 2018
EXCELLENT POET GREAT! BRAVO! 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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Mevelyn Richardson 01 December 2015
I'm looking for the name of a poem by JTL about winter. I remember some words, perhaps not accurate: The snow had begun in the gloaming and busily all the night, had been heaping field and byway with a silence deep and bright. Every pine, fir and hemlock wore ermine too deep for an Earl. And the poorest twig on the elm tree was ridged inch deep in pearl.
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