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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?
This poem is in the public domain.
About This Poem
"Grotesque" was first published in Pictures of the Floating World (The Macmillan Company, 1919).
Amy Lowell was born in 1874 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Her collections of poetry include A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1912) and What's O'Clock (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1925), which won the Pulitzer Prize. She died in 1925.
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