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date: 05 December 2019

Lowell, Amylocked

  • Marilyn Fritz Shardlow

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(b Brookline, MA, Feb 9, 1874; d Brookline, MA, May 12, 1925). American poet. She produced over 650 poems from 1912 to her death, as well as several volumes of critical essays, an important revisionist biography of John Keats, and a translation of Rostand’s Weeping Pierrot and Laughing Pierrot for a musical adaptation by Jean Hubert. In the fall of 1912, Lowell discovered the so-called Imagist poets upon reading the work of H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) in an issue of Poetry magazine. She found the compression, free rhythm, and visual nature of Imagist poetry naturally suited to capture the sounds and colors of new musical idioms such as jazz and the compositions of Stravinsky. (Her poem “Stravinsky’s Three Pieces, Grotesques, for String Quartet” of 1916 is one example of a verbal representation of a musical composition.) That she also saw the interdependence of art forms is evident in the musical terminology she employed both in her critical theory – as, for example, in her article “Some Musical Analogies in Modern Poetry” (...

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