Amy Lowell

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

A Lady

Poem by Amy Lowell

You are beautiful and faded
Like an old opera tune
Played upon a harpsichord;
Or like the sun-flooded silks
Of an eighteenth-century boudoir.
In your eyes
Smoulder the fallen roses of out-lived minutes,
And the perfume of your soul
Is vague and suffusing,
With the pungence of sealed spice-jars.
Your half-tones delight me,
And I grow mad with gazing
At your blent colours.

My vigour is a new-minted penny,
Which I cast at your feet.
Gather it up from the dust,
That its sparkle may amuse you.


Comments about A Lady by Amy Lowell

  • danny (2/16/2018 2:19:00 PM)

    first time hearing about her so far i like her poems(Report)Reply

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  • Wayne Kingston (3/28/2016 9:34:00 PM)

    A Lady: exquisitely drawn suggestion tantalizing us for more.....expertly crafted piece. Thx for posting this POTD worthy work. :-)))(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (3/28/2016 2:28:00 PM)

    Amy Lowell has a pen filled with beautiful phrases- -take a look at this one- - - - - -]
    the fallen roses of out-lived minutes
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -isn't that perfect?(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (3/28/2016 10:32:00 AM)

    So nicely written poem, thanks for sharing..10+(Report)Reply

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  • Akachukwu LekwauwaAkachukwu Lekwauwa (3/28/2016 8:05:00 AM)

    this is speaking of timeless beauty.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (3/28/2016 2:34:00 AM)

    The joy of a woman! With the perfume of her soul. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003