Sleeping all day and writing all night, she produced, besides the anthologies, 10 volumes of poetry.Experiments with form earned her a reputation for innovation, and her critical essays kept her at the theoretical forefront of American poetry.
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1838, remains a respected nineteenth-century poet; the poetry of her cousin Robert Lowell '39 is highly regarded today.
Some critics respected the melodious quality of Lowell's verse, but most felt she relied too heavily on nineteenth-century tradition. That year marked a flashpoint for poetic innovation: Ezra Pound was formalizing Imagism; Harriet Monroe had founded the experimental journal Poetry; and vers libre, which deemphasized meter and rhyme in favor of cadence and rhythm, was gaining favor.
Lowell eventually funded and edited three anthologies, in 1915, 1916, and 1917.
They established her as a leading Imagist and a powerful patron for some of the day's most promising poets.When Lowell began planning her own anthology, Pound was outraged; he believed her contributors' poetry lacked Imagism's hallmark intensity.He refused to contribute, and mockingly branded Lowell and her group "Amygists." The anthology controversy shattered Lowell's increasingly tense alliance with Pound.His about-face marks the high-water point in a literary turning of the tide that swallowed Amy Lowell. Lowell pursued the craft with dedication, patience, and close study, virtues facilitated by her wealth: she spent a decade honing her skills in private and studying nineteenth-century masters like Keats, Shelley, and Tennyson.Growing up, Lowell enjoyed the advantages of wealth and influence; her family was among Boston's elite. Wealth also allowed her to fund the publication of her first volume of poetry, A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass, in 1912.But she had made a bitter enemy in Pound and would alienate T. Eliot '10 (who once called her a "demon saleswoman").The two men would become towering figures of Modernism who could sometimes make or break writers, but they were not yet behemoths and Lowell's career blossomed despite them.Perhaps more telling, however, was the flurry of letters from her contributors, urging her to appease him.She stood firm, and they eventually agreed to do it her way, more out of spite for Pound than loyalty or respect for her.Crushed by the critical response, Lowell determined to earn a place in the avant-garde.She was drawn to the economy, precision, and power of Imagism and began experimenting with it.