Meet the Poets: Amy Lawrence Lowell – 1926 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

“A man must be sacrificed now and again to provide for the next generation of men.” — Amy Lowell

Amy Lawrence Lowell (February 9, 1874 – May 12, 1925) was an American poet of the imagist school from Brookline, Massachusetts who posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926.

Paul Lauter says of Lowell “. . . becomes interesting in our conflicted and tense cultural moment because she was not in any sense ‘free’ either to express her sexuality or to police it. She could not have the confidence—or perhaps bravado—of overseas 1920s lesbian communities, or even of the more modest bohemianism of the Village. On the contrary, at the center of many of her most interesting poems, like ‘Venus Transiens,’ are painfully contradictory impulses toward revelation, display, or even a certain form of ‘flaunting,’ and hiding, a poetics of the closet.”

from “Amy Lowell and Cultural Borders.” In Speaking the Other Self: American Women Writers. Ed. Jeanne Campbell Reesman. Copyright 1997 by The University of Georgia Press.


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