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Marianne Moore's, "Poetry" : An Analysis of the Genuine Ethi

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Marianne Moore's, "Poetry" : An Analysis of the Genuine Constitutions of Poetry
Biographical Information
"Poetry" In Context
Revisions
Poetic Analysis
Critical Reception
"My conviction ... for the last fourteen years ... [is] that Miss Moore's poems form part of the small body of durable poetry written in our time, of that small body of writings, among what passes for poetry, in which an original sensibility and alert intelligence and deep feeling have been engaged in maintaining the life of the English language."--T.S. Eliot

Moore became a slight celebrity in literary circles, perhaps because of her eccentric manner. She often wore a tricorner hat and black cape, which she said, "concealed the defects of her head."

"Marianne Moore's righteousness is luminous, so her oddly-moving poems arrive at right ends."--James Scully
Literary Standing
Very well-regarded during her lifetime
Appreciated in both social and literary spheres
1996: Inducted into the Literary Hall of Fame
Less widespread recognition today, though her poetry remains widely respected in literary circles.
Born: November 15, 1887 in Kirkwood, Missouri
1896: Metzger Institute in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
1905: Bryn Mawr College (history, law, philosophy, science)
1909: Obstained B.A. degree and began courses at Carlisle Commercial College
1915: First published poems appear in
Egoist
,
Poetry
, and
Others
magazine
1919:
Poetry
first published in
Others

1921:
Poems
published by H.D. secretly
1924:
Observations
published
1925: Editor of
The Dial

1951-52:
Collected Poems
win Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award
Died: February 5, 1972 in New York City, New York.

"Poetry" by Marianne Moore
Read by Robert Pinsky
Critical Reception
Theme
"I too, dislike it:"
"Imaginary gardens with real toads in them"
Attempting to express human truths within a environment that embodies the imagination
Reality as a base for poetry-"literalist of the imagination"
Original vs. Derivative within poetry
Introducing new subjects

5 six-line stanzas
No set rhyme scheme
Lines end on unstressed syllables
Enjambment
Loose, wordy construction
Total of 5 sentences
Poor grammar
Modernist-stream of consciousness
Informal (use of dashes, lines not end-stopped)
Lines continue through stanzas adding suspense and charging lines with meaning (ex: L14-15)
Diction
"unintelligible" and "derivative"
cliche, academic phrasing
Meter
Syllabic meter--music-like
"All this fiddle"

Form

"Omissions are not accidents"
Revised "Poetry" in 1967
"I, too, dislike it.
Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in
it, after all, a place for the genuine."
Most well-known poem, expressing her poetic views
Many critics dislike her revision, stating that it lends itself to confusion and obscurity
Something she would have preferred, perhaps.
Sources
http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/m_r/moore/poetry.htm
https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/html/1807/4350/poem1488.html
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/poem/2009/06/marianne_moores_poetry.html
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2013/11/linda_leavell_s_biography_of_marianne_moore_holding_on_upside_down_reviewed.html
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/marianne-moore
http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/m_r/moore/life.htm
http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poets/moore-marianne
http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/m_r/moore/chronology.htm
http://www.learner.org/catalog/extras/vvspot/Moore.html
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