Marianne Moore

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

Marianne Moore Poems

1. A Grave 1/3/2003
2. An Octopus 4/15/2010
3. Appellate Jurisdiction 5/14/2015
4. Baseball And Writing 1/20/2003
5. He "Digesteth Harde Yron" 1/20/2003
6. He Made This Screen 1/3/2003
7. His Shield 4/15/2010
8. Marriage 1/3/2003
9. Nevertheless 1/3/2003
10. Nine Nectarines And Other Porcelain 2/11/2015
11. No Swan So Fine 1/3/2003
12. Peter 1/3/2003
13. Poetry 1/3/2003
14. Rosemary 1/3/2003
15. Roses Only 4/15/2010
16. Silence 1/3/2003
17. Spenser's Ireland 1/3/2003
18. The Fish 4/15/2010
19. The Mind is a wonderful Thing 7/6/2015
20. The Pangolin 1/3/2003
21. The Paper Nautilus 1/3/2003
22. The Past Is The Present 1/3/2003
23. The Steeple-Jack 1/3/2003
24. To A Steam Roller 1/3/2003
25. To An Intra-Mural Rat 4/15/2010
26. What Are Years 3/12/2015
Best Poem of Marianne Moore


I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all
this fiddle.
Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one
discovers in
it after all, a place for the genuine.
Hands that can grasp, eyes
that can dilate, hair that can rise
if it must, these things are important not because a

high-sounding interpretation can be put upon them but because
they are
useful. When they become so derivative as to become
the same thing may be said for all of us, that we
do not admire what
we cannot understand: the ...

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The Steeple-Jack

Dürer would have seen a reason for living
in a town like this, with eight stranded whales
to look at; with the sweet sea air coming into your house
on a fine day, from water etched
with waves as formal as the scales
on a fish.

One by one in two's and three's, the seagulls keep
flying back and forth over the town clock,

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