Marianne Moore

(November 15, 1887 – February 5, 1972 / Kirkwood, Missouri)

No Swan So Fine - Poem by Marianne Moore

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"No water so still as the
dead fountains of Versailles." No swan,
with swart blind look askance
and gondoliering legs, so fine
as the chinz china one with fawn-
brown eyes and toothed gold
collar on to show whose bird it was.

Lodged in the Louis Fifteenth
candelabrum-tree of cockscomb-
tinted buttons, dahlias,
sea-urchins, and everlastings,
it perches on the branching foam
of polished sculptured
flowers--at ease and tall. The king is dead.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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