Who is Marianne Moore

Marianne Craig Moore (November 15, 1887 – February 5, 1972) was an American modernist poet, critic, translator, and editor. Her poetry is noted for formal innovation, precise diction, irony, and wit.

Early life

Moore was born in Kirkwood, Missouri, in the manse of the Presbyterian church where her maternal grandfather, John Riddle Warner, served as pastor. Her father, John Milton Moore, a mechanical engineer and inventor, suffered a psychotic episode, as a consequence of which her parents separated before she was born; Moore never met him. She and her elder brother, John Warner Moore, were reared by their mother, Mary Warner Moore. The family wrote voluminous letters to one another throughout their lives, often addressing each other by playful nicknames and usin...
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Marianne Moore Poems

  • The Pangolin
    Another armored animalâ??scale
    lapping scale with spruce-cone regularity until they
    form the uninterrupted central
    tail row! This near artichoke with head and legs and ...
  • What Are Years
    What is our innocence,
    what is our guilt? All are
    naked, none is safe. And whence
    is courage: the unanswered question, ...
  • The Steeple-jack
    Dürer would have seen a reason for living
    in a town like this, with eight stranded whales
    to look at; with the sweet sea air coming into your house
    on a fine day, from water etched ...
  • Rosemary
    Beauty and Beauty's son and rosemary -
    Venus and Love, her son, to speak plainly -
    born of the sea supposedly,
    at Christmas each, in company, ...
  • Baseball And Writing
    Fanaticism?No.Writing is exciting
    and baseball is like writing.
    You can never tell with either
    how it will go ...
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Malwgme: i just ran into one republican lawmaker on the committee. she says people will not be cut off from testifying tonight. seeing just democrats signing on to this, i asked if they had taken a position on this. sen. marianne moore said no— adding, for now, they are just listening.
Thetls: ‘for quiet excitement, canoe-ers / or peach fairs? or near perugia, the mule-show’ – marianne moore
Oinscendence: "self reliant like the cat -- that takes its prey to privacy, the mouse's limp tail hanging like a shoelace from its mouth -- they sometimes enjoy solitude, and can be robbed of speech by speech which has delighted them." - marianne moore
Nytimesmusic: one day in the store’s back garden, a bookstore's owner told him, lou reed and a friend started singing old songs with the poet marianne moore. the friend, they deduced, was iggy pop.
Poemakontsa: poets allen ginsberg, a young john ashbery and a hat donning marianne moore at a poet's party (ca. 1967)
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