Amy Lowell
White Currants by Amy Lowell

White Currants by Amy Lowell

Shall I give you white currants? I do not know why, but I have a sudden fancy for this fruit. At the moment, the idea of them cherishes my senses, And they seem more desirable ...

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Patterns by Amy Lowell

Patterns by Amy Lowell

I walk down the garden-paths, And all the daffodils Are blowing, and the bright blue squills. I walk down the patterned garden-paths In my stiff, brocaded gown. With my powdered ...

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To Elizabeth Ward Perkins by Amy Lowell

To Elizabeth Ward Perkins by Amy Lowell

Dear Bessie, would my tired rhyme Had force to rise from apathy, And shaking off its lethargy Ring word-tones like a Christmas chime. But in my soul's high belfry, chill The ...

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The Shadow by Amy Lowell

The Shadow by Amy Lowell

Paul Jannes was working very late,For this watch must be done by eightTo-morrow or the CardinalWould certainly be vexed. Of allHis customers the old prelateWas the most important, ...

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A Lady by Amy Lowell

A Lady 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 ...

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A Japanese Wood-Carving by Amy Lowell

A Japanese Wood-Carving by Amy Lowell

High up above the open, welcoming door It hangs, a piece of wood with colours dim. Once, long ago, it was a waving tree And knew the sun and shadow through the leaves Of forest ...

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A Little Song by Amy Lowell

A Little Song by Amy Lowell

When you, my Dear, are away, away, How wearily goes the creeping day. A year drags after morning, and night Starts another year of candle light. O Pausing Sun and Lingering Moon! ...

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A London Thoroughfare. 2 A.M. by Amy Lowell

A London Thoroughfare. 2 A.M. by Amy Lowell

They have watered the street,It shines in the glare of lamps, Cold, white lamps, And liesLike a slow-moving river,Barred with silver and black.Cabs go down it,One,And then ...

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A Winter Ride by Amy Lowell

A Winter Ride by Amy Lowell

Who shall declare the joy of the running! Who shall tell of the pleasures of flight! Springing and spurning the tufts of wild heather, Sweeping, wide-winged, through the blue dome ...

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The Letter by Amy Lowell

The Letter by Amy Lowell

Little cramped words scrawling all over the paperLike draggled fly's legs,What can you tell of the flaring moonThrough the oak leaves?Or of my uncertain window and the bare ...

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Aubade by Amy Lowell

Aubade by Amy Lowell

As I would free the white almond from the green husk So I would strip your trappings off, Beloved. And fingering the smooth and polished kernel I should see that in my hands ...

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To A Friend by Amy Lowell

To A Friend by Amy Lowell

I ask but one thing of you, only one, That always you will be my dream of you; That never shall I wake to find untrue All this I have believed and rested on, Forever vanished, ...

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Decade by Amy Lowell

Decade by Amy Lowell

When you came, you were like red wine and honey, And the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness. Now you are like morning bread, Smooth and pleasant. I hardly taste you at ...

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A Fairy Tale by Amy Lowell

A Fairy Tale by Amy Lowell

On winter nights beside the nursery fire We read the fairy tale, while glowing coals Builded its pictures. There before our eyes We saw the vaulted hall of traceried stone Uprear ...

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Aftermath by Amy Lowell

Aftermath by Amy Lowell

I learnt to write to you in happier days, And every letter was a piece I chipped From off my heart, a fragment newly clipped From the mosaic of life; its blues and grays, Its ...

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A Fixed Idea by Amy Lowell

A Fixed Idea by Amy Lowell

What torture lurks within a single thought When grown too constant, and however kind, However welcome still, the weary mind Aches with its presence. Dull remembrance taught ...

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Dreams by Amy Lowell

Dreams by Amy Lowell

I do not care to talk to you although Your speech evokes a thousand sympathies, And all my being's silent harmonies Wake trembling into music. When you go It is as if some sudden, ...

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The Garden By Moonlight by Amy Lowell

The Garden By Moonlight by Amy Lowell

A black cat among roses, Phlox, lilac-misted under a first-quarter moon, The sweet smells of heliotrope and night-scented stock. The garden is very still, It is dazed with ...

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At Night by Amy Lowell

At Night by Amy Lowell

The wind is singing through the trees to-night, A deep-voiced song of rushing cadences And crashing intervals. No summer breeze Is this, though hot July is at its height, Gone is ...

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Astigmatism by Amy Lowell

Astigmatism by Amy Lowell

The Poet took his walking-stickOf fine and polished ebony.Set in the close-grained woodWere quaint devices;Patterns in ambers,And in the clouded green of jades.The top was smooth, ...

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The Little Garden by Amy Lowell

The Little Garden by Amy Lowell

A little garden on a bleak hillside Where deep the heavy, dazzling mountain snow Lies far into the spring. The sun's pale glow Is scarcely able to melt patches wide About the ...

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Opal by Amy Lowell

Opal by Amy Lowell

You are ice and fire,The touch of you burns my hands like snow.You are cold and flame.You are the crimson of amaryllis,The silver of moon-touched magnolias.When I am with you,My ...

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Before Dawn by Amy Lowell

Before Dawn by Amy Lowell

Life! Austere arbiter of each man's fate, By whom he learns that Nature's steadfast laws Are as decrees immutable; O pause Your even forward march! Not yet too late Teach me the ...

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Petals by Amy Lowell

Petals by Amy Lowell

Life is a stream On which we strew Petal by petal the flower of our heart; The end lost in dream, They float past our view, We only watch their glad, early start. Freighted with ...

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Behind A Wall by Amy Lowell

Behind A Wall by Amy Lowell

I own a solace shut within my heart, A garden full of many a quaint delight And warm with drowsy, poppied sunshine; bright, Flaming with lilies out of whose cups dart Shining ...

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Apples Of Hesperides by Amy Lowell

Apples Of Hesperides by Amy Lowell

Glinting golden through the trees, Apples of Hesperides! Through the moon-pierced warp of night Shoot pale shafts of yellow light, Swaying to the kissing breeze Swings the ...

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Interlude by Amy Lowell

Interlude by Amy Lowell

When I have baked white cakes And grated green almonds to spread on them; When I have picked the green crowns from the strawberries And piled them, cone-pointed, in a blue and ...

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The Wind by Amy Lowell

The Wind by Amy Lowell

He shouts in the sails of the ships at sea, He steals the down from the honeybee, He makes the forest trees rustle and sing, He twirls my kite till it breaks its string. Laughing, ...

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Absence by Amy Lowell

Absence by Amy Lowell

My cup is empty to-night,Cold and dry are its sides,Chilled by the wind from the open window.Empty and void, it sparkles white in the moonlight.The room is filled with the strange ...

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A Gift by Amy Lowell

A Gift by Amy Lowell

See! I give myself to you, Beloved!My words are little jarsFor you to take and put upon a shelf.Their shapes are quaint and beautiful,And they have many pleasant colours and ...

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The End by Amy Lowell

The End by Amy Lowell

Throughout the echoing chambers of my brain I hear your words in mournful cadence toll Like some slow passing-bell which warns the soul Of sundering darkness. Unrelenting, fain To ...

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Azure And Gold by Amy Lowell

Azure And Gold by Amy Lowell

April had covered the hills With flickering yellows and reds, The sparkle and coolness of snow Was blown from the mountain beds. Across a deep-sunken stream The pink of blossoming ...

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New York At Night by Amy Lowell

New York At Night by Amy Lowell

A near horizon whose sharp jags Cut brutally into a sky Of leaden heaviness, and crags Of houses lift their masonry Ugly and foul, and chimneys lie And snort, outlined against the ...

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The Taxi by Amy Lowell

The Taxi by Amy Lowell

When I go away from youThe world beats deadLike a slackened drum.I call out for you against the jutted starsAnd shout into the ridges of the wind.Streets coming fast,One after the ...

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Autumn by Amy Lowell

Autumn by Amy Lowell

They brought me a quilled, yellow dahlia, Opulent, flaunting. Round gold Flung out of a pale green stalk. Round, ripe gold Of maturity, Meticulously frilled and flaming, A ...

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The Fruit Garden Path by Amy Lowell

The Fruit Garden Path by Amy Lowell

The path runs straight between the flowering rows, A moonlit path, hemmed in by beds of bloom, Where phlox and marigolds dispute for room With tall, red dahlias and the briar ...

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Carrefour by Amy Lowell

Carrefour by Amy Lowell

O you,Who came upon me onceStretched under apple-trees just after bathing,Why did you not strangle me before speakingRather than fill me with the wild white honey of your wordsAnd ...

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Hero-Worship by Amy Lowell

Hero-Worship by Amy Lowell

A face seen passing in a crowded street, A voice heard singing music, large and free; And from that moment life is changed, and we Become of more heroic temper, meet To freely ask ...

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A Blockhead by Amy Lowell

A Blockhead by Amy Lowell

Before me lies a mass of shapeless days,Unseparated atoms, and I mustSort them apart and live them. Sifted dustCovers the formless heap. Reprieves, delays,There are none, ever. As ...

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Before The Altar by Amy Lowell

Before The Altar by Amy Lowell

Before the Altar, bowed, he stands With empty hands; Upon it perfumed offerings burn Wreathing with smoke the sacrificial urn. Not one of all these has he given, No flame of his ...

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Leisure by Amy Lowell

Leisure by Amy Lowell

Leisure, thou goddess of a bygone age, When hours were long and days sufficed to hold Wide-eyed delights and pleasures uncontrolled By shortening moments, when no gaunt presage Of ...

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A Coloured Print By Shokei by Amy Lowell

A Coloured Print By Shokei by Amy Lowell

It winds along the face of a cliff This path which I long to explore, And over it dashes a waterfall, And the air is full of the roar And the thunderous voice of waters which ...

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The Pleiades by Amy Lowell

The Pleiades by Amy Lowell

By day you cannot see the sky For it is up so very high. You look and look, but it's so blue That you can never see right through. But when night comes it is quite plain, And all ...

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From One Who Stays by Amy Lowell

From One Who Stays by Amy Lowell

How empty seems the town now you are gone! A wilderness of sad streets, where gaunt walls Hide nothing to desire; sunshine falls Eery, distorted, as it long had shone On white, ...

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In Darkness by Amy Lowell

In Darkness by Amy Lowell

Must all of worth be travailled for, and those Life's brightest stars rise from a troubled sea Must years go by in sad uncertainty Leaving us doubting whose the conquering blows, ...

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In Excelsis by Amy Lowell

In Excelsis by Amy Lowell

You -- you -- Your shadow is sunlight on a plate of silver; Your footsteps, the seeding-place of lilies; Your hands moving, a chime of bells across a windless air.The movement of ...

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Suggested By The Cover Of A Volume Of Keats’s Poems by Amy Lowell

Suggested By The Cover Of A Volume Of Keats’s Poems by Amy Lowell

Wild little bird, who chose thee for a sign To put upon the cover of this book? Who heard thee singing in the distance dim, The vague, far greenness of the enshrouding wood, When ...

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Madonna Of The Evening Flowers by Amy Lowell

Madonna Of The Evening Flowers by Amy Lowell

All day long I have been working, Now I am tired I call: "Where are you?" But there is only the oak-tree rustling in the wind. The house is very quiet, The sun shines in on your ...

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Venus Transiens by Amy Lowell

Venus Transiens by Amy Lowell

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 ...

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The Lamp Of Life by Amy Lowell

The Lamp Of Life by Amy Lowell

Always we are following a light, Always the light recedes; with groping hands We stretch toward this glory, while the lands We journey through are hidden from our sight Dim and ...

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