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Most people live their lives in a pattern Some people trudge to their daily jobs while others trot off to school These patterns however can be easily broken by an interruption in ones daily ritual An example of this is Amy Lowells Patterns The patterns followed by the woman in Lowells story are unexpectedly brought to an end with the tragedy of her lovers death This poem contains several patterns There is a pattern in this womans dress a pattern with water and patterns with the garden In the broader picture all the smaller patterns form the larger pattern that this woman follows until the unfortunate death of her lover Lowell speaks of a stiff brocaded gown line 5 that this woman wears throughout the entire poem My dress is richly figured And the train Makes a pink and silver stain On the gravel lines 10-13 This dress is none other than a wedding gown The woman in the story is waiting to marry her lover who has gone off to war and while she awaits his return she wears this wedding gown In the first stanza the woman speaks of the elegance of her dress and all the pains taken to look as she does Not a softness anywhere about meonly whalebone and brocade lines 17-18 In the third stanza the woman in the poem begins to tire of her richly-made gown What is summer like a fine brochaded gown I should like to see it lying in a heap on the ground All the pink and silver
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