The garden path in "Patterns" by Amy Lowell is one of the symbols used to represent the constraints of social propriety on women during the time. The poem is about a woman who has learned that her fiance has died in the war. She is on her way to a formal dance and thinks about how her loss now keeps her in celibacy.
"Patterns" was written in 1916 and is considered one of Lowell's best poems. It tells of a woman's right to desire and how she is forced into the role of a mourner without desire by a war that kills good men.