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Boston in poetry

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Poet Amy Lowell (1874-1925) paid homage to Boston in a pair of notable poems — both penned in nearby Brookline where she was born and raised.

“Cross-hatchings of rain” (during an April deluge, no doubt!) permeate “Afternoon Rain in State Street” and capture the “wet stone sides of buildings” Lowell likely encountered there. Her second, entirely apropos, is an ode to books — “the life/The very heart and core of ages past/The reason why men lived and worked and died/The essence and quintessence of their lives” — and, by extension, “The Boston Athenaeum” where she spent (by her own admission) countless hours. Sigh.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The 100 Companies

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