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Amy Lowell

Datum narození: 9. únor 1874
Datum úmrtí: 12. květen 1925
Další jména: Amy Lowellová

Amy Lowell byla americká spisovatelka.


„Lodi dostávají proto ženská jména, že to jejich plachtoví stojí víc než celý ten ostatní krám.“

„I am tired, Beloved, of chafing my heart against
The want of you;
Of squeezing it into little inkdrops,
And posting it.“


„All books are either dreams or swords,
You can cut, or you can drug, with words.“
Selected Poems

„A black cat among roses,
phlox, lilac-misted under a quarter moon,
the sweet smells of heliotrope and night-scented stock. The garden is very still.
It is dazed with moonlight,
contented with perfume...“

„For books are more than books, they are the life
The very heart and core of ages past,
The reason why men lived and worked and died,
The essence and quintessence of their lives.“

„You are ice and fire
The touch of you burns my hands like snow“

„I am tired, Beloved, of chafing my heart against
The want of you“
Selected Poems

„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;
Their widening scope,
Their distant employ,
We never shall know. And the stream as it flows
Sweeps them away,
Each one is gone
Ever beyond into infinite ways.
We alone stay
While years hurry on,
The flower fared forth, though its fragrance still stays.“


„All books are either dreams or swords.“

„Everything mortal has moments immortal“ A Dome of Many Colored Glass

„You are ice and fire,
The touch of you burns my hands like snow.
You are cold and flame.
You are the crimson of amaryllis,
The silver of moon-touched magnolias.
When I am with you,
My heart is a frozen pond
Gleaming with agitated torches.“

„Underneath my stiffened gown
Is the softness of a woman bathing in a marble basin,
A basin in the midst of hedges grown
So thick, she cannot see her lover hiding,
But she guesses he is near,
And the sliding of the water
Seems the stroking of a dear
Hand upon her.“
Selected Poems


„You lie upon my heart as on a nest,
Folded in peace, for you can never know
How crushed I am with having you at rest
Heavy upon my life. I love you so
You bind my freedom from its rightful quest.
In mercy lift your drooping wings and go.“

„Don’t ask a writer what he’s working on. It’s like asking someone with cancer on the progress of his disease.“

„When I go away from you
The world beats dead
Like a slackened drum.
I call out for you against the jutted stars
And shout into the ridges of the wind.
Streets coming fast,
One after the other,
Wedge you away from me,
And the lamps of the city prick my eyes
So that I can no longer see your face.
Why should I leave you,
To wound myself upon the sharp edges of the night?“
Complete Poetical Works of Amy Lowell

„When you came, you were like red wine and honey,
And the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness.
Now you are like morning bread,
Smooth and pleasant.
I hardly taste you at all for I know your savour,
But I am completely nourished.“
Complete Poetical Works of Amy Lowell

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