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Analysis and comments on Patterns by Amy Lowell

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Comment 16 of 76, 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 76, 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

villegas from Philippines
Comment 14 of 76, added on December 30th, 2009 at 4:26 AM.
A comment

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 76, 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 76, 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!

Comment 11 of 76, added on July 24th, 2008 at 1:27 AM.

I think that the correctness in her corset relates to the fact that after
her lover died she had to once again be the perfect portrayal of womanhood,
when her lover was alive, it did not matter whether a ribbon was loose or
what not. But I do agree with the idea that the main idea focuses on
conformity based on gender etc. I think that it is more about the
"patterns" of one's position, and when her lover died she said "a pattern
called war" which emphasizes the tragedy of conforming or doing what you
are 'supposed' to do....all in all it is a very interesting poem

camille from United States
Comment 10 of 76, added on March 23rd, 2008 at 6:03 AM.

I found it really difficult to analyse poetry until i read this particular
work. This poem made me think about the woman's frame of mind and how her
emotions develop as she tells us her story. I came up with a piece of work
that i am particularly proud of and will hand in to my Lit teacher with a
triumphant grin. This is the first piece of poetry that has had a big
impression on me (on a personal level), and i am now beggining the search
for more of Amy Lowell's work.

Kaitlin from Australia
Comment 9 of 76, added on December 7th, 2007 at 12:19 AM.

I disagree with Bill completely. The poem isn't about the poet losing
someone and having everything come crashing down. Lowell was a lesbian and
this poem has to do with societal constriction of the female in 20th
century America. She is attempting to liberate women from these "patterns"
using many poetic devices including imagery. If you reread the poem, you
will notice that her stiff, brocade gown is now 'correct' after her lover
has passed away. She now has the ability to be true to herself. I'm not
saying that your interpretation isn't fine and all, but there is something
else going on here.

Tim from United States
Comment 8 of 76, added on April 14th, 2007 at 3:45 PM.

I came across Patterns in the Random House anthology.
Of course the piece has many points for analysis, but here's what grabbed
me: I've been working on a military history TV project for a fwe years and
have been to Iraq, Bosnia and such sad places. I think patters captures
that empty, sinking feeling that comes with word of a soldier/loved one's
death - realizing that the dreams and anticipation of a wonderful future
are instantly gone.

Bill McCune from United States
Comment 7 of 76, added on April 9th, 2006 at 9:06 AM.

The idea of confinement caused by societal patterns is evident. More so
when you realize the author of this poem was lesbian.

Nadine from Canada

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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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