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 a...
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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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Sea 11 Tree 8 Water 6 Life 6 Blue 6 Away 5 Sun 5 Fish 5 Long 5 White 5

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  • Hmvanderhart: i shall endeavor to be clearer. marianne moore, icon
  • Bnroj: marianne moore on wallace stevens [1964]
  • Fordmadoxfordie: ‘i brought home hueffer’s “memories and impressions”, a pearl of a book in which hueffer tells about the pre-raphaelites and his grandfather who looked “exactly like the king of hearts on a pack of cards”’—marianne moore to her brother john warner moore, 22 september 1915
  • Hmvanderhart: also if you’re a poet and enby/genderqueer, you’re in fantastic company. i love that emily dickinson and marianne moore both went by male pronouns and terms of endearment: he, “uncle,” “brother.”
  • Aditimachado: sun, i do these things which i do, which please no one but myself. now i breathe and now i am sub- merged; the blemishes stand up and shout when the object in view was a renaissance; shall i say the contrary? marianne moore, "black earth"
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Robert Browning Poem
From 'Pauline'
 by Robert Browning

O God, where does this tend-these struggling aims?
What would I have? What is this -sleep-, which seems
To bound all? can there be a -waking- point
Of crowning life? The soul would never rule-
It would be first in all things-it would have
Its utmost pleasure filled,-but that complete
Commanding for commanding sickens it.
The last point I can trace is, rest beneath

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