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77 Insightful Quotes By Amy Lowell For The Imagist

Famous As: Poet, Writer, Socialite
Born On: February 9, 1874
Died On: May 12, 1925
Born In: Brookline
Died At Age: 51
Amy Lowell was a prolific American poet of the imagist school. In 1926, she was honored with a ‘Pulitzer Prize’ for her poetry posthumously. Lowell did not attend college as in her times it was not considered appropriate for a women for a women to do so. However, this lack of formal education was compensated by her with near-obsessive book collecting and avid reading. She travelled widely and led a life of a socialite and turned to poetry in 1902. She drew inspiration from the performance of ‘Eleonora Duse’ and turned to writing. She is noted for love poems, ‘Two Speak Together’ and other erotic works. Later, she met Ezra Pound who became her inspiration and major critic of her works, writings, thoughts and poems. Following is a corpus of popular quotations and sayings by Amy Lowell which have been curated from her works, writings, thoughts, poetry and books. Read through the compilation of quotable quotes and thoughts by Amy Lowell.
All books are either dreams or swords,
You can cut, or you can drug, with words.

All books are either dreams or swords, You can cut, or you can drug, with words.

Amy Lowell
I am tired, Beloved, of chafing my heart against
The want of you;
Of squeezing it into little inkdrops,
And posting it.

I am tired, Beloved, of chafing my heart against The want of you; Of squeezing it into little inkdrops, And posting it.

Amy Lowell
A black cat among roses,
phlox, lilac-misted under a quarter moon,
the sweet smells of heliotrope and night-scented stock. The garden is very still.
It is dazed with moonlight,
contented with perfume...

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

Amy Lowell
For books are more than books, they are the life
The very heart and core of ages past,
The reason why men lived and worked and died,
The essence and quintessence of their lives.

For books are more than books, they are the life The very heart and core of ages past, The reason why men lived and worked and died, The essence and quintessence of their lives.

Amy Lowell
You are ice and fire 
The touch of you burns my hands like snow

You are ice and fire The touch of you burns my hands like snow

Amy Lowell
I am tired, Beloved, of chafing my heart against
The want of you

I am tired, Beloved, of chafing my heart against The want of you

Amy Lowell
All books are either dreams or swords.

All books are either dreams or swords.

Amy Lowell
Everything mortal has moments immortal

Everything mortal has moments immortal

Amy Lowell
Even Pain pricks to livelier living.

Even Pain pricks to livelier living.

Amy Lowell
Don’t ask a writer what he’s working on. It’s like asking someone with cancer on the progress of his disease.

Don’t ask a writer what he’s working on. It’s like asking someone with cancer on the progress of his disease.

Amy Lowell
Christ! What are patterns for?

Christ! What are patterns for?

Amy Lowell

Only those of our poets who kept solidly to the Shakespearean tradition achieved any measure of success. But Keats was the last great exponent of that tradition, and we all know how thin, how lacking in charm, the copies of Keats have become.

Amy Lowell
I know that a creed is the shell of a lie.

I know that a creed is the shell of a lie.

Amy Lowell
The stigma of oddness is the price a myopic world always exacts of genius.

The stigma of oddness is the price a myopic world always exacts of genius.

Amy Lowell
Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.

Amy Lowell
Love is a game-yes? I think it is a drowning.

Love is a game-yes? I think it is a drowning.

Amy Lowell
Great emotion always tends to become rhythmic, and out of that tendency the forms of art have been evolved. Art becomes artificial only when the forms take precedence over the emotion.

Great emotion always tends to become rhythmic, and out of that tendency the forms of art have been evolved. Art becomes artificial only when the forms take precedence over the emotion.

Amy Lowell
Without poetry the soul and heart of man starves and dies.

Without poetry the soul and heart of man starves and dies.

Amy Lowell
My! ain't men blinder'n moles?

My! ain't men blinder'n moles?

Amy Lowell
All recurring joy is pain refined.

All recurring joy is pain refined.

Amy Lowell
Freighted with hope, Crimsoned with joy, We scatter the leaves of our opening rose.

Freighted with hope, Crimsoned with joy, We scatter the leaves of our opening rose.

Amy Lowell
Art is like politics. Any theory carried too far ends in sterility, and freshness is only gained by following some other line.

Art is like politics. Any theory carried too far ends in sterility, and freshness is only gained by following some other line.

Amy Lowell
Brighter than fireflies upon the Uji River are your words in the dark, Beloved.

Brighter than fireflies upon the Uji River are your words in the dark, Beloved.

Amy Lowell
On the neck of the young man sparkles no gem so gracious as enterprise. Youth condemns; maturity condones.

On the neck of the young man sparkles no gem so gracious as enterprise. Youth condemns; maturity condones.

Amy Lowell
I should like to bring a case to trial: Prosperity versus Beauty, Cash registers teetering in a balance against the comfort of the soul.

I should like to bring a case to trial: Prosperity versus Beauty, Cash registers teetering in a balance against the comfort of the soul.

Amy Lowell
Now you are come! You tremble like a star Poised where, behind earth's rim, the sun has set. Your voice has sung across my heart, but numb And mute, I have no tones to answer.

Now you are come! You tremble like a star Poised where, behind earth's rim, the sun has set. Your voice has sung across my heart, but numb And mute, I have no tones to answer.

Amy Lowell
I shall go
Up and down
In my gown.
Gorgeously arrayed,
Boned and stayed.

I shall go Up and down In my gown. Gorgeously arrayed, Boned and stayed.

Amy Lowell
Not a softness anywhere about me,
Only whalebone and brocade.

Not a softness anywhere about me, Only whalebone and brocade.

Amy Lowell
Underneath my stiffened gown
Is the softness of a woman bathing in a marble basin

Underneath my stiffened gown Is the softness of a woman bathing in a marble basin

Amy Lowell
Poetry is the most concentrated form of literature; it is the most emotionalized and powerful way in which thought can be presented ...

Poetry is the most concentrated form of literature; it is the most emotionalized and powerful way in which thought can be presented ...

Amy Lowell
I never deny poems when they come; whatever I am doing, whatever I am writing, I lay it aside and attend to the arriving poem.

I never deny poems when they come; whatever I am doing, whatever I am writing, I lay it aside and attend to the arriving poem.

Amy Lowell
May is much sunshine through small leaves.

May is much sunshine through small leaves.

Amy Lowell
How hard, how desperately hard, is the way of the experimenter in art!

How hard, how desperately hard, is the way of the experimenter in art!

Amy Lowell
How loud clocks can tick when a room is empty, and one is alone!

How loud clocks can tick when a room is empty, and one is alone!

Amy Lowell
In my stiff, brocaded gown.
With my powdered hair and jeweled fan,
I too am a rare
Pattern.

In my stiff, brocaded gown. With my powdered hair and jeweled fan, I too am a rare Pattern.

Amy Lowell
Witches are moon-birds,
Witches are the women of the false, beautiful moon.

Witches are moon-birds, Witches are the women of the false, beautiful moon.

Amy Lowell
Can you see through the night, woman, that you stare so upon it? Man, what sparks do your eyes follow in the smouldering darkness?

Can you see through the night, woman, that you stare so upon it? Man, what sparks do your eyes follow in the smouldering darkness?

Amy Lowell
Don’t ask a writer what he’s working on. It’s like asking someone with cancer on the progress of his disease.

Don’t ask a writer what he’s working on. It’s like asking someone with cancer on the progress of his disease.

Amy Lowell
A man must be sacrificed now and again to provide for the next generation of men.

A man must be sacrificed now and again to provide for the next generation of men.

Amy Lowell
Happiness, to some, elation; Is, to others, mere stagnation.

Happiness, to some, elation; Is, to others, mere stagnation.

Amy Lowell
Rapture's self is three parts sorrow.

Rapture's self is three parts sorrow.

Amy Lowell
Time! Joyless emblem of the greed of millions, robber of the best which earth can give.

Time! Joyless emblem of the greed of millions, robber of the best which earth can give.

Amy Lowell
If what we worship fail us, still the fire burns on, and it is much to have believed.

If what we worship fail us, still the fire burns on, and it is much to have believed.

Amy Lowell
To-night when the full-bellied moon swallows the stars. Grant that I know.

To-night when the full-bellied moon swallows the stars. Grant that I know.

Amy Lowell
Happiness: We rarely feel it. I would buy it, beg it, steal it, Pay in coins of dripping blood For this one transcendent good.

Happiness: We rarely feel it. I would buy it, beg it, steal it, Pay in coins of dripping blood For this one transcendent good.

Amy Lowell
To understand Vers libre, one must abandon all desire to find in it the even rhythm of metrical feet. One must allow the lines to flow as they will when read aloud by an intelligent reader.

To understand Vers libre, one must abandon all desire to find in it the even rhythm of metrical feet. One must allow the lines to flow as they will when read aloud by an intelligent reader.

Amy Lowell
Polyphonic prose is a kind of free verse, except that it is still freer. Polyphonic makes full use of cadence, rime, alliteration, assonance.

Polyphonic prose is a kind of free verse, except that it is still freer. Polyphonic makes full use of cadence, rime, alliteration, assonance.

Amy Lowell
You are ice and fire the touch of you burns my hands like snow.

You are ice and fire the touch of you burns my hands like snow.

Amy Lowell
A black cat among roses, phlox, lilac-misted under a quarter moon, the sweet smells of heliotrope and night-scented stock. The garden is very still. It is dazed with moonlight, contented with perfume...

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

Amy Lowell
Guarded within the old red wall's embrace, Marshalled like soldiers in gay company, The tulips stand arrayed. Here infantry Wheels out into the sunlight.

Guarded within the old red wall's embrace, Marshalled like soldiers in gay company, The tulips stand arrayed. Here infantry Wheels out into the sunlight.

Amy Lowell
Happiness, to some, is elation; to others it is mere stagnation.

Happiness, to some, is elation; to others it is mere stagnation.

Amy Lowell
When I go away from you
The world beats dead
Like a slackened drum.

When I go away from you The world beats dead Like a slackened drum.

Amy Lowell
Youth condemns; maturity condones

Youth condemns; maturity condones

Amy Lowell
Moon! Moon! I am prone before you. Pity me,and drench me in loneliness.

Moon! Moon! I am prone before you. Pity me,and drench me in loneliness.

Amy Lowell
I am tired, Beloved, of chafing my heart against the want of you; of squeezing it into little inkdrops, And posting it.

I am tired, Beloved, of chafing my heart against the want of you; of squeezing it into little inkdrops, And posting it.

Amy Lowell
Poetry, far more than fiction, reveals the soul of humanity.

Poetry, far more than fiction, reveals the soul of humanity.

Amy Lowell
Poets are always the advance guard of literature; the advance guard of life. It is for this reason that their recognition comes so slowly.

Poets are always the advance guard of literature; the advance guard of life. It is for this reason that their recognition comes so slowly.

Amy Lowell
Hate is ravening vulture beaks descending on a place of skulls.

Hate is ravening vulture beaks descending on a place of skulls.

Amy Lowell
Life is a stream On which we strew Petal by petal the flower of our heart.

Life is a stream On which we strew Petal by petal the flower of our heart.

Amy Lowell
Oh! To be a flower Nodding in the sun, Bending, then upspringing As the breezes run.

Oh! To be a flower Nodding in the sun, Bending, then upspringing As the breezes run.

Amy Lowell
When trying to explain anything, I usually find that the Bible, that great collection of magnificent and varied poetry, has said it before in the best possible way.

When trying to explain anything, I usually find that the Bible, that great collection of magnificent and varied poetry, has said it before in the best possible way.

Amy Lowell
Oh! To be a butterfly Still, upon a flower, Winking with its painted wings, Happy in the hour.

Oh! To be a butterfly Still, upon a flower, Winking with its painted wings, Happy in the hour.

Amy Lowell
When you came, you were like red wine and honey, and the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness.

When you came, you were like red wine and honey, and the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness.

Amy Lowell
Sexual love is the most stupendous fact of the universe, and the most magical mystery our poor blind senses know.

Sexual love is the most stupendous fact of the universe, and the most magical mystery our poor blind senses know.

Amy Lowell
All books are either dreams or swords, you can cut, or you can drug, with words.

All books are either dreams or swords, you can cut, or you can drug, with words.

Amy Lowell

I do not suppose that anyone not a poet can realize the agony of creating a poem. Every nerve, even every muscle, seems strained to the breaking point. The poem will not be denied; to refuse to write it would be a greater torture. It tears its way out of the brain, splintering and breaking its passage, and leaves that organ in the state of a jelly-fish when the task is done.

Amy Lowell

This is America, This vast, confused beauty, This staring, restless speed of loveliness, Mighty, overwhelming, crude, of all forms, Making grandeur out of profusion, Afraid of no incongruities, Sublime in its audacity, Bizarre breaker of moulds.

Amy Lowell

Lilacs, False Blue, White, Purple, Colour of lilac, Your great puffs of flowers Are everywhere in this my New England ... Lilacs in dooryards Holding quiet conversation with an early moon; Lilacs watching a deserted house; ... Lilacs, wind-beaten, staggering under a lopsided shock of bloom, You are everywhere.

Amy Lowell

My words are little jars For you to take and put upon a shelf. Their shapes are quaint and beautiful, And they have many pleasant colours and lustres To recommend them. Also the scent from them fills the room With sweetness of flowers and crushed grasses.

Amy Lowell

So with the stretch of the white road before me, Shining snow crystals rainbowed by the sun, Fields that are white, stained with long, cool, blue shadows, Strong with the strength of my horse as we run. Joy in the touch of the wind and the sunlight! Joy! With the vigorous earth I am one.

Amy Lowell

I must be mad, or very tired, When the curve of a blue bay beyond a railroad track Is shrill and sweet to me like the sudden springing of a tune, And the sight of a white church above thin trees in a city square Amazes my eyes as though it were the Parthenon.

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 hope, Crimsoned with joy, We scatter the leaves of our opening rose; Their widening scope, Their distant employ, We never shall know. And the stream as it flows Sweeps them away, Each one is gone Ever beyond into infinite ways. We alone stay While years hurry on, The flower fared forth, though its fragrance still stays.

Amy Lowell

Underneath my stiffened gown Is the softness of a woman bathing in a marble basin, A basin in the midst of hedges grown So thick, she cannot see her lover hiding, But she guesses he is near, And the sliding of the water Seems the stroking of a dear Hand upon her.

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, like a vision gone Out into the night. Alas, how few There are who strike in us a chord we knew Existed, but so seldom heard its tone We tremble at the half-forgotten sound. The world is full of rude awakenings And heaven-born castles shattered to the ground, Yet still our human longing vainly clings To a belief in beauty through all wrongs. O stay your hand, and leave my heart its songs!

Amy Lowell

How much more beautiful is the moon, Slanting down the gauffered branches of a plum-tree; The moon Wavering across a bed of tulips; The moon, Still, Upon your face. You shine, Beloved, You and the moon. But which is the reflection?

Amy Lowell

This is war: Boys flung into a breach Like shoveled earth; And old men, Broken, Driving rapidly before crowds of people In a glitter of silly decorations. Behind the boys And the old men, Life weeps, And shreds her garments To the blowing winds.

Amy Lowell

My heart is tuned to sorrow, and the strings Vibrate most readily to minor chords, Searching and sad; my mind is stuffed with words Which voice the passion and the ache of things: Illusions beating with their baffled wings Against the walls of circumstance.

Amy Lowell