Essay on Analysis of ‘Patterns’ Written by Amy Lowell

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Amy Lowell is an American imagist poet who uses descriptive language to create specific images in a readers mind. Set in the Victorian era (1800’s,) the dramatic monologue ‘Patterns’ explores the restrictions of unmarried women in society and the desire for freedom. My view of these issues is that of a feminist reader living in a democratic modern day society, where men and women live in a state of equality and have the right to express their opinions. A feminist reading focuses on the specific treatment of women. Through Lowell’s wondrous use of the poetic techniques, primarily visual imagery (symbolism, repetition, contrasts) and poetic voice (persona and tone,) a modern day feminist reader’s negative views of the restricted lifestyles …show more content…
In contrast to the symbolism of the artificiality of clothes, is the repetitive symbolism of nature.
Through exotic imagery that appeals to the senses, the natural environment is described in motion, symbolizing the desire for freedom. This is evident as the persona describes how the “daffodils and squills/ flutter in the breeze/as they please” (lines 22/23/24.) This is powerful imagery that creates a strong sense of the persona’s hope and desire for freedom, weeping as she gazes longingly at nature that liberates her soul, notifying every hint of beauty. However, when the persona hears of her lover’s untimely death at war, she loses all hope of liberty. From this point in the poem, the natural environment becomes subdued to conformity and loses its delightful appeal. This is displayed as the speaker describes how “the blue and yellow flowers stood up” (line 75,) which presents a restricted sense to nature, creating the idea that there is no hope left for freedom. In this extract from the poem, the daffodils and squills have lost their identity and are instead identified and described by their appearance (colour.) In the last stanza of the poem, it is concluded that “the squills and daffodils/Will give place to pillared roses, and to asters, and to snow” (lines 96 and 97.) Describing roses as being ‘pillared’

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