Marianne Moore

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

No Swan So Fine


"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.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Form:


Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
1 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: tree, water, sea, flower

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (No Swan So Fine by Marianne Moore )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. A Fairy Song, William Shakespeare
  8. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  9. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
  10. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost

Poem of the Day

poet Hilaire Belloc

Matilda told such Dreadful Lies,
It made one Gasp and Stretch one's Eyes;
Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth,
Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth,
Attempted to Believe Matilda:
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. This funny thing called Snow, Angell Afinowi
  2. One Last Chance, Abby Bilan
  3. Love Note 9, Michael P. McParland
  4. Lamentation of the Weak, Abby Bilan
  5. Love so unkempt..., Kenneth Maswabi
  6. morning conversation, oskar hansen
  7. Rescued, Ima Ryma
  8. Temptation of Xuanwu Lake, Luo Zhihai
  9. Ghazal: In Silence, Mimi Khalvati
  10. Awaiting for March, Rimni chakravarty
[Hata Bildir]