“Grotesque” is about the inevitability of death. In the same way, it’s a poem that is sort-off obstinant when it comes to good in life. An interesting poem was written by Amy Lowell (1874 – 1925).

About Grotesque

About “Grotesque”

So, what about Amy Lowell. She left us with a poem that starts with plucking a lily. Is this perhaps something about taking someone’s life? It might be when you read on. The poet decides to strangle these lilies.

Does she describe dying love? Or is it about the inevitability of death? She realised that there will be a time when she’s dead. She might as well tempt life. That’s why she becomes – sort-off- obstinant.

But why is she strangling lilies?

A lily is the symbol of death. Does she want to strangle death? Perhaps conquer or tempt death is a better one here.

In the end, it all comes down to what we do as humans. We try, we try. Will this lead to anything good? She doesn’t know, because she asks questions like these throughout the poem.



Why do the lilies goggle their tongues at me
When I pluck them;
And writhe, and twist,
And strangle themselves against my fingers,
So that I can hardly weave the garland
For your hair?
Why do they shriek your name
And spit at me
When I would cluster them?
Must I kill them
To make them lie still,
And send you a wreath of lolling corpses
To turn putrid and soft
On your forehead
While you dance?

Amy Lowell

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