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The Jelly-fish by Marianne Moore

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Elizabeth Wat

on 10 December 2014

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Transcript of The Jelly-fish by Marianne Moore

The Jelly-fish
by Marianne Moore

Most Important Literary Device
Symbolism: nature of jellyfish ("fluctuating" & "quivers") symbolizes human resoluteness
Tone & Mood
First 6 lines:
Tone: awe-like
Mood: peaceful/euphonious
Historical Events & Figures
Social & Cultural Trends
The Jelly-fish
Visible, invisible,
a fluctuating charm
an amber-tinctured amethyst
inhabits it, your arm
approaches and it opens
and it closes; you had meant
to catch it and it quivers;
you abandon your intent.

Definition of Words
Connections to Other Poems Read
The Visitor
Examination of Title
Jelly-fish is slippery and hard to grasp
"Visible, invisible": juxtaposition = hidden dangers
Animal = naturalism
Single Most Important Word
"fluctuating" (line 2)
Characteristics of Time Period Literature
Abby Toler, Elizabeth Wat, & Olivia Tippett
Single Most Important Line
"you abandon your intent." (line 9)
Last 3 lines:
Tone: regretful/pessimistic
Mood: depressing
Tinctured: tinted or stained with color
Quiver: to shake or move with a slight trembling motion









Other Literary Devices
End-stopped line: semicolon at end of line 8 and period at end of line 9
Enjambment: lines 2-4
Speaker: outsider observing you (Marianne Moore) = determinism
Marianne Moore
Gibbons Ruark
The Jelly-fish
"Transient nature of creative inspiration"
Human determination is constantly fluctuating
The Jelly-fish
fits perfectly with the time period: pessimistic and deterministic view
Relates humans to nature
Turmoil in the real world = unhappy views
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