Valentine Poem: "Venus Transiens" by Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell (1874-1925) was born into a prominent New England Family.  In addition to poetry, she wrote criticism and a biography of John Keats.  Lowell was a generous and vivid person who supported other artists, launched the Imagist movement in America, and got into spats with Ezra Pound.  "Venus Transiens," written in 1915, was probably inspired by her muse, the actress Ada Dwyer Russell.

Venus Transiens
by Amy Lowell 

Tell me,
Was Venus more beautiful
Than you are,
When she topped 
The crinkled waves,
Drifting shoreward
On her plaited shell?
Was Botticelli's vision
Fairer than mine;
And were the painted rosebuds
He tossed his lady
Of better worth
Than the words I blow about you
To cover your too great loveliness
As with a gauze
Of misted silver?

For me,
You stand poised
In the blue and bouyant air,
Cinctured by bright winds,
Treading the sunlight.
And the waves which precede you
Ripple and stir
The sands at my feet.

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