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Happiness by Amy Lowell (1874-1925)
from Sword Blades and Poppy Seed (1914)

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Amy Lowell 1874 to 1925
Amy Lowell
1874-1925


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Happiness                                                              reading of Amy Lowell's Happiness
Amy Lowell (1874-1925), American poet

Happiness, to some, elation;
Is, to others, mere stagnation.
Days of passive somnolence,
At its wildest, indolence.
Hours of empty quietness,
No delight, and no distress.

Happiness to me is wine,
Effervescent, superfine.
Full of tang and fiery pleasure,
Far too hot to leave me leisure
For a single thought beyond it.
Drunk! Forgetful! This the bond: it
Means to give one’s soul to gain
Life’s quintessence. Even pain
Pricks to livelier living, then
Wakes the nerves to laugh again,
Rapture’s self is three parts sorrow.
Although we must die to-morrow,
Losing every thought but this;
Torn, triumphant, drowned in bliss.

Happiness: We rarely feel it.
I would buy it, beg it, steal it,
Pay in coins of dripping blood
For this one transcendent good.


from Sword Blades and Poppy Seed (1914)


Sword Blades and Poppy Seed (1914) by Amy Lowell


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