Sunday, February 9, 2014

Review of "Poetry" by Amy Lowell

"Poetry" by Amy Lowell was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on February 9, 2014, the 140th anniversary of her birth.  A link to the poem may be found here:  http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23860.

Amy Lowell (1874 - 1925) was an outspoken proponent of the Imagist Movement which was founded by Ezra Pound.  She believed that poetry should be "hard and clear, never blurred nor indefinite."  She was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize the year she died for her collection What's A Clock.  Additional biographical information may be found here:  http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/435?utm_source=PAD%3A+Poetry+by+Amy+Lowell&utm_campaign=poemaday_020914&utm_medium=email.

Lowell's poetry was influenced by Keats as well as Chinese and Japanese forms.  These influences are obvious in "Poetry."  The poem has sixteen syllables, nearly the same number as an haiku, and forms an immediate, crisp image.

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