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, Amy Lawrence 1874–1925.


American poet. A leader of the imagists, she wrote several volumes of poetry, including Sword Blades and Poppy Seed (1914).

Summary Article: Amy Lowell 1874-1925 from Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century
When Amy Lowell died suddenly in May of 1925 she was arguably the most powerful woman in American poetry. During a brief and intense career, beginning with the publication of her first volume of poetry in 1912 and lasting until her death 13 years later at the age of 51, she produced six volumes of poetry, two volumes of criticism, a two-volume biography of John Keats, and countless articles and reviews. Three more volumes of poetry were published posthumously, the first of which, What's O'Clock, won the 1926 Pulitzer Prize. Since her death, however, she has become little more than a footnote to discussions of more canonical modern poets like Ezra Pound and Robert Frost, and her own work, out of print since 1957, is rarely anthologized and seldom discussed in literary criticism. The youngest of Augustus and Katherine Lowell's five children, Amy Lowell inherited a name synonymous with power and wealth. The Lowells dominated industry and the arts in Massachuse...    Continue Reading
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