English Society and Literature
... of the first things that strikes the reader on coming across Amy Lowell's poem, "Patterns" for the first time is the unusual application of imagery and free verse as well as its loosely repetitive, yet cleverly effective rhythmic pattern which fits the theme and the title to perfection.
This dramatic monologue begins on a soothing, fanciful note, with the lady narrator walking around amid flowers in a garden (I walk down the garden paths, /And all the daffodils/Are blowing, and the bright blue squills.), but goes on to take a restless, almost seditious tone within the confines of the constricting brocade and the patterned garden paths (I walk down the patterned garden-paths
In my stiff, brocaded ...