Fireworks by Amy Lowell
In this poem, Amy Lowell speaks about her feelings toward her enemy by using fantastic imagery to compare her fury with fireworks.
This writing is one of Lowell's most famous writings today. It consists of couplet rhymes, sometimes referred to as a heroic rhyme scheme. The poem's stanzas are split up into couplets and four-line stanzas with the couplets acting as bridgeways to other ideas and a slight change of pace. The bridgeways are more for the reader than for the poet. They tell us that something else is coming and to look out for it.
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Fireworks You hate me and I hate you And we are so polite, we two! But whenever I see you, I burst apart And scatter the sky with my blazing heart. It spits and sparkles in the stars and balls, Buds into roses - and flares, and falls. Scarlet buttons, and pale green disks, Silver spirals and asterisks, Shoot and tremble in a mist Peppered with mauve and amethyst. I shine in the windows and light up the trees, And all because I hate you, if you please. And when you meet me, you rend asunder And go up in a flaming wonder Of saffron cubes, and crimson moons, And wheels all amaranths and maroons. Golden lozenges and spades Arrows of malachites and jades, Patens of copper, azure sheaves. As you mount, you flash in the glossy leaves. Such fireworks as we make, we two! Because you hate me and I hate you. Published April 1915 in The Atlantic Monthly.
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Imagist, 19th Century
Hatred, Nature, Relationship