Amy Lowell (1874 – 1925) was, together with Ezra pound , one of the founders of the Imagist movement.
Born of a prominent family and educated at home, Amy Lowell had a lively social life and travelled a lot. She went to Europe and Egypt and also started a severe diet (dura dieta) to improve her health trying to solve her increasing weight problem (problemi di peso che aumentavano).
She was fascinated by the theatre; in 1902 she met actress Ada Dwyer Russell who then became her travelling and living companion (compagna di viaggi e di vita) until Amy’s death.
In the January 1913 issue of Poetry, Amy read a poem signed by H.D., Imagiste and decided that she, too, was an Imagist. She went to London to meet Ezra Pound and other Imagist poets, introduced by a letter from Poetry editor Harriet Monroe.
In 1915 Amy Lowell argued (discusse) with Ezra Pound who termed her version of Imagism “Amygism.” In 1925, she was struck with a massive cerebral haemorrhage (emorragia cerebrale) . and died.
Ada Russell published three more volumes of Lowell’s poems posthumously.
The Imagist movement was nearly forgotten till recently when Amy Lowell was seen as part of a continuing tradition of women poets like Emily Dickinson and Elisabeth Barrett Browning as suggested in Lowell’s poem Sisters.
This poem is the description of how the Poetess who suffers from a hormonal dysfunction which makes her weigh increase (che la fa aumentare dipeso) fells both psychologically and physically.
1]You glow in my heart looking for love
Like the flames of uncounted candles.
But when I go to warm my hands,
My clumsiness overturns the light, impossibility to love
5]And then I stumble
Against the tables and chairs.
(The Bungler, from Sword Blades and Poppy Seed, 1914 )
Tu ardi nel mio cuore
Come la fiamma di infinite candele.
Ma quando vengo per scaldarmi le mani,
La mia goffaggine rovescia le luci
E poi inciampo
Su tavoli e sedie