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Analysis and comments on Patterns by Amy Lowell

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Comment 21 of 71, added on February 13th, 2012 at 10:05 AM.

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Comment 20 of 71, added on February 13th, 2012 at 9:43 AM.

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Comment 19 of 71, added on February 13th, 2012 at 9:22 AM.

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Comment 18 of 71, added on February 10th, 2012 at 6:55 PM.

CeinHr Informative, but not convincing. Something is missing but what I can
not understand. But I will say frankly: bright and benevolent thoughts!....

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Comment 17 of 71, added on December 29th, 2010 at 4:05 AM.

i need the paraphrasing pleaseeee

nada from Lebanon
Comment 16 of 71, added on April 30th, 2010 at 12:28 AM.

I found this poem almost accidentally and am moved most by things it
precisely does not say. Many poems have a fixed line-length and some rhyme
pattern but this poem acts like it never heard of such constraints. Here is
poetry that reflects a natural immediate feelings that doesn't experience
the rigid whalebone of versification. Can't you just see that the woman's
soul stands in a similar relationship to the conventional expectation. She
has already gone beyond patterns even while sounding as if they limited

Belle Miller from United States
Comment 15 of 71, added on February 17th, 2010 at 11:22 PM.

the patterns is such like dignified lady that there's no embarrassments on
her side tough she losses someone important in her life.Lowell has a great
lesbianism in her part coz she even cried but to stand in her brocaded

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Comment 14 of 71, added on December 30th, 2009 at 4:26 AM.
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I could hardly understand it. It's quite interesting. I've read several
poems before but this one touches me the more

ovah from Belgium
Comment 13 of 71, added on November 5th, 2009 at 3:03 PM.

I first heard this poem as spoken by the great British actress Edith Evans
on a vinyl disc. If anyone can get hold of a copy of this recording it
will add many layers to an already very moving poem. It also, in Dame
Edith's interpretation reminds one where in history the poem is set.

Delia Lindsay from United Kingdom
Comment 12 of 71, added on July 24th, 2008 at 3:37 AM.

Yes, I agree that this is a great poem. It reminds me of Emily Dickinson's
poem about "After great sadness, a formal feeling comes" or something along
those lines. I don't see any correlation to this and Lowell's lesbianism
as asserted in a comment below - as a fiction writer, I am well aware how
someone can speak in many voices, and this could be her imagining herself
as the speaker, or even imagining what her own lover might feel should she
die - I don't see any gender constraints to it at all. It is a poem of
great passion and illustrates so well how that formal feeling comes when a
relationship ends. Also, it seems to me to be an anti-war poem. How the
pattern of human society, which includes war, occurs again and again and
how devestating it is to the individuals involved.

I love this for its inventive rhyme pattern. It seems to be challenging
formal rhyme styles in a new free verse rhyming way - it's brilliant!


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Poet: Amy Lowell
Poem: 1. Patterns
Volume: Men, Women and Ghosts
- Figurines in Old Sax
Added: Feb 1 2004
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