Patterns

I walk down the garden-paths,
And all the daffodils
Are blowing, and the bright blue squills.
I walk down the patterned garden-paths

by Amy Lowell Click to read full poem

Comments (7)

It is nice that it captures the Victorian theme with its stiffness...it almost makes the reader sit up straighter when reading it. For me personally, I would like it so much more if it had raw cutting emotion that an average modern day reader could identify with.
.............truly a beautiful write.....wish she could have had a happily ever after... ..................................~~~~~~ love love love ~~~~~~...................................
never was pain so well confined
this is a beautiful write. A great story.
Now this is exactly the reason i read poetry... it took me along an avenue of thoughts and life experiences, joy pain, appreciation. The stiffness required in victorian times, which created such distance from our natural selves and this poem screams, release me within the waterfall and her hero whom she waited and dreamed of was so cruelly taken in battle and she walks away demure and refined as requested but i guess she may of wanted to release so much more but her final line expresses perfectly a lady who has had enough....Amy Lowell you were amazing.... fabulously fresh considering how long ago it was written.... i cannot claim to understand the full intricacies of this piece so have just chosen to go with the flow, , , , , Brilliance
I will be doing a poetry reading in Minneapolis soon. this is one of the poems I will be reading. Why, because it rings true, it rings true. First time i read it 30+ years ago, i didn't get it. I do now. This is one of the best of the last century. Indeed, 'what are patterns for? ' This one I will read with Wilfred Owen, look up his work!
'Patterns' by Amy Lowell, is one of my favourite poems, although written over a century ago, its themes are relevant today.