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Men, Women and Ghosts

Amy Lowell

Book Overview: 

This is a collection of long poems and short stories by Amy Lowell.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .By a new-burst, storm-whetted moon, may give But poor content to loneliness, and it Was hard for young Charlotta so to strive And down her eagerness and learn to live In placid quiet. While her husband slept, Charlotta in her upper chamber wept. Herr Concert-Meister Altgelt was a man Gentle and unambitious, that alone Had kept him back. He played as few men can, Drawing out of his instrument a tone So shimmering-sweet and palpitant, it shone Like a bright thread of sound hung in the air, Afloat and swinging upward, slim and fair. Above all things, above Charlotta his wife, Herr Altgelt loved his violin, a fine Cremona pattern, Stradivari's life Was flowering out of early discipline When this was fashioned. Of soft-cutting pine The belly was. The back of broadly curled Maple, the head made thick and sharply whirled. The slanting, youthful sound-holes through The belly of fine, vigorous pi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Okay, so in the middle reaches of the book, I have to admit I laid down it a while. Class began, dog was crying, whatever. The point is, I finished it. And it finished STRONG. Lowell had an incredible grasp of what poetry could be, could do. I was absolutely blown away by the last half of this book.

An important poet

I appreciate her late poetry better. Many of these are long epic poems which I don't appreciate as much due to personal preference.

Although this book was well-written by one of my favorite authoresses, Amy Lowell, the works didn’t inspire me too much.

Imagist poetry, or "polyphonic prose" as Lowell herself rather grandly termed her own versification.

"Poly-whatnot prose" perhaps, for I'm not sure this is even poetry at all for the most part.

The imagist school was founded by Ezra Pound but later defined by Lowell. Simple speech is favoured over lyr