Moore was born in Kirkwood, Missouri, in the manse of the Presbyterian church where her maternal grandfather, John Riddle Warner, served as pastor. She was the daughter of construction engineer and inventor John Milton Moore and his wife, Mary Warner. She grew up in her grandfather's household; her father having been committed to a mental hospital before her birth. In 1905, Moore entered Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and graduated four years later. She taught at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, until 1915, when Moore began to publish poetry professionally.
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- A Grave
- The Past is the Present
- The Steeple-Jack
- No Swan So Fine
- He Made This Screen
- Baseball and Writing
- To a Steam Roller
- The Pangolin
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''Victory won't comeMarianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. Nevertheless (l. 21-25). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
to me unless I go
to it; a grape tendril
ties a knot in knots till
knotted thirty times,''
''O to be a dragonMarianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. "O To Be a Dragon," O To Be a Dragon (1959).
a symbol of the power of Heavenof silkworm
size or immense; at times invisible. Felicitous phenomenon!''
''the small tuft of fronds or katydid legs above each eye, stillMarianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. Peter (l. 3-4). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
numbering the units in each group;
the shadbones regularly set about the mouth, to droop or rise''
''I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond allMarianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. Poetry (l. 1). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Pres...
''the raw material of poetry inMarianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. Poetry (l. 25-28). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University ...
all its rawness and
that which is on the other hand
genuine, you are interested in poetry.''
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