Margaret Homans For someone situated as Amy Lowell was--coming of age in s Boston, in a wealthy, straitlaced family with strong intellectual traditions--it may well have been easier to see oneself as a lover of poetry and even as a poet in the making than as a lover of women.
Both sides of the family were New England aristocrats, wealthy and prominent members of society. Augustus Lowell was a businessman, civic leader, and horticulturalist, Katherine Lowell an accomplished musician and linguist.
Although considered as "almost disreputable," poets were part of the Lowell family, including James Russell Lowell, a first cousin, and later Robert Lowell. As the daughter of a wealthy family, Lowell was first educated at the family home, "Sevenels" named by her father as a reference to the seven Lowells living thereby an English governess who left her with a lifelong inability to spell.
Her first poem, "Chacago," written at age nine, is testament to this problem. In the fall of Lowell began attending a series of private schools in Brookline and Boston.
At school she was "the terror of the faculty" Gould, p. Cabot's school, founded by a Lowell cousin to educate her own children and the children of friends and relations, Lowell was "totally indifferent to classroom decorum.
Noisy, opinionated, and spoiled, she terrorized the other students and spoke back to her teachers" Heymann, p. During school vacations Lowell traveled with her family. She went to Europe and to New Mexico and California. On the latter trip she kept a travel journal.
Lowell enjoyed writing, and two stories she wrote during this time were printed in Dream Drops; or, Stories from Fairylandby a "Dreamer.
Lowell's schooling included the usual classes in English, history, French, literature, and a little Italian. As Lowell later noted, "My family did not consider that it was necessary for girls to learn either Greek or Latin" Damon, p.
She would also describe her formal education as not amounting to "a hill of beans" Benvenuto, p. School ended inand Lowell made her debut. Described as the "most popular debutante of the season," she went to sixty dinners given in her honor.
Her popularity was attributed to her skills in dancing and in the art of conversation, but her debut did not produce the expected marriage proposal. Although Lowell had finished formal schooling, she continued to educate herself.
Unfortunately, higher education was not an option for Lowell women.
She put herself through a "rigorous" reading program, using her father's 7,volume library and the resources of the Boston Athenaeum her great-grandfather was one of the founders.
Later Lowell would successfully speak out against the proposed relocation of the Athenaeum; this would also become the subject of a poem.Visit timberdesignmag.com and learn about the life and writings of Pulitzer Prize-winning Imagist poet Amy timberdesignmag.com: Feb 09, Additional Poems by Amy Lowell.
Petals 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;.
Amy Lowell's Life and Career Marcia B. Dinneen A my Lowell was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, the daughter of Augustus Lowell and Katherine Bigelow Lawrence. Amy Lowell's Keats: Reading Straight, Writing Lesbian supplied and possibly also helped to create the changing needs of Lowell's life and literary career, including her recognition of her desire for women and her identification across an array of .
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