James Russell Lowell (22 February 1819 – 12 August 1891 / Cambridge, Massachusetts)
James Russell Lowell was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets who rivaled the popularity of British poets. These poets usually used conventional forms and meters in their poetry, making them suitable for families entertaining at their fireside.
Lowell graduated from Harvard College in 1838, despite his reputation as a troublemaker, and went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School. He published his first collection of poetry in 1841 and married Maria White in 1844. He and his wife had several children, though only one survived past childhood. ... more »
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''The snow had begun in the gloaming,James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet. The First Snowfall (l. 1-4). . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Avenel Books...
And busily all the night
Had been heaping field and highway
With a silence deep and white.''
''Then, with eyes that saw not, I kissed her;James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet. The First Snowfall (l. 37-40). . . Anthology of American Poetry. George Gesner, ed. (1983) Avenel Boo...
And she, kissing back, could not know
That my kiss was given to her sister,
Folded close under deepening snow.''
''Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne.''James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet, editor. repr. In Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell (1978). The Present Crisis, st. 8 (1844).
Who knows whither the clouds have fled?James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), U.S. poet. The Vision of Sir Launfal (l. 73-81). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. ...
In the unscarred heaven they leave no wake,
And the eyes forget the tears they have shed,
The heart forgets its sorrow and ache;