Fireworks | Poetry

Fireworks

By: Amy Lowell
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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 malachite's 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.

Amy Lawrence Lowell
• • • • Amy Lowell was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on February 9, 1874 She was born on February 9, 1874, and was the seventh child Never attended college but she made it up by reading which lead to obsessive book-collecting She wore manly clothes, always kept her hair in a bun, was often found smoking a cigar and had a glandular problem that kept her overweight Turned to poetry in 1902 and was inspired by the European actress Eleonora Duse Her lover, Ada Dwyer Russell, was the subject of her more erotic work Lowell died of a cerebral hemorrhage in1925 at the age of 51

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About The Poem
• An example of imagism, which Amy Lowell was a big supporter of. • Written sometime between 1910 – 1925. • Not very well known until Amy Lowell received Pulitzer Prize For Poetry posthumously. • Every line has some meaning.

Analyzing the Poem
• The lines are referring to love and hate, how the two are more similar than they seem to be. • Amy Lowell seems to be the fireworks. • Uses the sense of seeing and many colors.

Analyzing The Poem
o Fireworks are compared to love and hate. o “But whenever I see you, I burst apart” can mean that when you see someone you love, you can’t contain yourself, or you can hate the person so much, you can’t control your hate. o “Silver Spirals and Asterisks” When excited to see someone, asterisks are flown around, but when hate is clear, the talking and insulting might be there.

Analyzing The Poem
o “I shine in the windows and light up the trees” Their love shines everywhere because they want to announce it to everyone, and it lights up everything and everyone around them. At the same time, if 2 people hate each other, they create a racket, and create fireworks with their heated arguments.

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“And we are so polite, we two!” Sometimes, when you see someone you hate, the talking is limited, so all is polite. At the same time, when you like someone you try to be polite.

Analyzing The Poem

o “Such fireworks we make, we two! ” Fireworks are exciting to see, so whenever you see your friends you are excited. When you see someone you hate, fireworks are also taking place, whether a fight or witnessing of the event.

Metaphors and Personification
• Metaphors are used extensively throughout the poem.
• “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.”

Metaphors and Personification
• Personification is used to make the poem more interesting.
 “It spits and sparkles in the stars and balls.”

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