BI. Amy Lowell


2. Sword Blades and Poppy Seed. New York: Macmillan, 1914. Reprint, New York: AMS, 1981.

Of this volume and Men, Women and Ghosts (3) Schwartz (28) suggests that ‘the perspective of some of the landscapes or some of the imagery’ is ‘specifically Japanese’, though he does not offer examples. White and Green and In a Garden come closest to illustrating the point here, and a third poem, Sunshine Through a Cobwebbed Window, draws a central simile from ukiyoe. This work and Men, Women and Ghosts, however, constitute more than 600 pages of verse, and so Lowell’s reliance on Japan in her early career, though noteworthy given what will follow, is not central.






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