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Sword Blades and Poppy Seed

Amy Lowell

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This is a volume of poems by Amy Lowell.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The sky is still. The clouds make no sound As they slide away Beyond the Cathedral Tower, To the river, And the sea. It is very quiet, Very sunny. The myrtle flowers stretch themselves in the sunshine, But make no sound. The roses push their little tendrils up, And climb higher and higher. In spots they have climbed over the wall. But they are very still, They do not seem to move. And the old wall carries them Without effort, and quietly Ripens and shields the vines and blossoms. A bird in a plane-tree Sings a few notes, Cadenced and perfect They weave into the silence. The Cathedral bell knocks, One, two, three, and again, And then again. It is a quiet sound, Calling to prayer, Hardly scattering the stillness, Only making it close in more densely. The gardener picks ripe gooseberries For the Dean's supper to-night. It is very quiet, Very regulated and mello. . . Read More

Community Reviews

There are some really beautiful verses in here, and its definitely a book of poetry that you can just sit down and read. The imagery was perfect (which it should be, given she touted herself as an imagist) you could feel the blood gushing hot over your fingers in the murder poems or the warmth of th

At first I thought it was boring but then I got sucked in. I liked the title poem, in which a writer meets a strange man who at first seems to be an arms dealer and then an opium dealer, but who actually helps writers in exchange for... their entire lives. The writer character enters into the bargai

- poems written in what they call in France "Vers Libre", Lowell calls "unrhymed cadence", and the rest of us call prose poems.

- Sword Blades And Poppy Seed is a struggling writer's fantasia, a nighttime meeting with an old purveyor of every kind of blade and poppy, an invitation to fight and dream.

One of my favourite poets.

Ugh, GR just lost my review somewhere in the grey interstices of cyberspace - thanks Goodreads!

Oh well, as I was saying, this is quite an uneven collection, (and I've forgotten by now what else I said in my original review) but whatever, it was something along the lines that she seems to be quite a

Rarely do I think a volume of poetry too long, but this collection could have used serious weeding. There are plenty of the imagist gems Lowell is known for, but also several poems with throwaway lines and lazy phrases. In addition, the book contains many ponderous narratives that go nowhere and say