Amy Lowell

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Born Feb 9, 1874

Amy Lawrence Lowell was an American poet of the imagist school from Brookline, Massachusetts who posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926.

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1874 Birth Born on February 9, 1874.


1902 28 Years Old She never attended college because her family did not consider it proper for a woman to do so. She compensated for this lack with avid reading and near-obsessive book collecting. She lived as a socialite and travelled widely, turning to poetry in 1902 (age 28) after being inspired by a performance of Eleonora Duse in Europe. … Read More


1910 36 Years Old Her first published work appeared in 1910 in Atlantic Monthly.
1912 38 Years Old The first published collection of her poetry, A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass, appeared two years later, in 1912. … Read More


1917 43 Years Old Though she sometimes wrote sonnets, Lowell was an early adherent to the "free verse" method of poetry and one of the major champions of this method. She defined it in her preface to "Sword Blades and Poppy Seed"; in the North American Review for January, 1917; in the closing chapter of "Tendencies in Modern American Poetry"; and also in the Dial (January 17, 1918), as: "The definition of Vers libre is: a verse-formal based upon cadence. … Read More


1925 51 Years Old Lowell died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1925, at the age of 51. … Read More
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