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  1. Amy Lowell By: Sam Lewis & Kelsey Silvis

  2. Born February 9th 1874 • Daughter of Augustus Lowell and Katherine Bigelow Lawrence • Youngest of five • Born in Brookline Massachusetts • Died May 12th 1925 • Died in Brookline Massachusetts • Age of 51 from a cerebral hemorrhage

  3. Education • Amy Lowell was at first privately educated • In 1883 she started to attend private schools in Brookline and Boston • Included English, History, French, Literature and Italian • Finished formal schooling in 1891 • Continued to educate herself

  4. Her poems were intimate, lyrical and sapphic • Her brand of poetry was based on breathing rhythms

  5. Poetic Career began in 1902 • After seeing Eleonora Duse on stage • First poem addressed the actress • She met Ada Russell in 1909 • Ada was the love of Amy’s life • Many poems were written about Ada • They stayed together until Amy died

  6. She is best known for bringing the Imagist movement to America • Started with her traveling to London to meet Ezra Pound, the head of the Imagist Movement

  7. Amy Lowell was greatly criticized by things that didn’t effect her ability as a poet • Some things that offended the critics were: • Her sexuality • Her wearing of men’s shirts and suits • Smoking of cigars • Her obesity

  8. Influences • Her greatest influence was John Keats • Was also influenced by: • English Romantics • Paul Forts • Carl Sandburg • Edgar Lee Masters • Vachel Lindsay • T.S. Eliot • Ezra Pound

  9. Awards • Won Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1926 • For her book What’s O’ Clock

  10. Venus Transiens Tell me, Was Venus more beautiful Than you are, When she topped The crinkled waves, Drifting shoreward On her plaited shell? Was Botticelli's vision Fairer than mine; And were the painted rosebuds He tossed his lady, Of better worth Than the words I blow about you To cover your too great loveliness As with a gauze Of misted silver? For me You stand poised In the blue and buoyant air, Cinctured by bright winds, Treading the sunlight. And the waves which precede you Ripple and stir The sands at my feet.

  11. For me You stand poised In the blue and buoyant air, Cinctured by bright winds, Treading the sunlight. And the waves which precede you Ripple and stir The sands at my feet. “If those eight lines were the only fragment left of an unknown poet, we should recognize that the craftsmanship which wrought their cool, controlled, and shining beauty was unique.” John Livingston Lowes

  12. Works Cited • “Amy Lowell.” Encyclopedia of World Biography. CD-ROM. Gale Research, 1999. • Lewis, Jone. “Amy Lowell.” About.com. The New York Times Company. 30 April 2008. <http://womenshistory.about.com/od/writers20th/a/amy_lowell.htm>. • Dinneen, Marcia. “Amy Lowell’s Life and Career.” Modern American Poetry. 1999. American Council of Learned Societies. 30 April 2008. <http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/g_l/amylowell/life.htm>. • Bengtsson, Gunnar. “Amy Lowell.” American Poets. 2008. 30 April 2008. <http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/amylowell>. • “Amy Lowell.” Famous Poets and Poems. 2008. 2 May 2008. <http://www.famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/amy_lowell>. • http://www.poemofquotes.com/amylowell/ • http://www.terebess.hu/haiku/lowell.html • http://www.case.edu/artsci/engl/VSALM/mod/hallman/taxi.html • http://washpost.com/gen_info/history/prizes.shtml • http://themargins.net/bib/B/BI/bi12.html • http://ironphoenix.org/tril/ • http://www.abm-enterprises.net/johnkeats.htm