Poet: Amy Lawrence Lowell
Dates: 9 February 1874 – 12 May 1925
Title of Poem: A Lady
You are beautiful and faded
Like an old opera tune
Played upon a harpsichord;
Or like the sun-flooded silks
Of an eighteenth-century boudoir.
In your eyes
Smoulder the fallen roses of out-lived minutes,
And the perfume of your soul
Is vague and suffusing,
With the pungence of sealed spice-jars.
Your half-tones delight me,
And I grow mad with gazing
At your blent colours.
My vigour is a new-minted penny,
Which I cast at your feet.
Gather it up from the dust,
That its sparkle may amuse you.
Brief Biography: Lowell was an imagist poet highly regarded for her personification of the inanimate object and he lesbian love poetry. Although her work was embraced by the feminist movement it is said she personally argued against the feminist ideal. She rarely wrote in form preferring to write her poetry in polyphonic prose.