Marianne Moore

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

Poetry

Poem by 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
unintelligible,
the same thing may be said for all of us, that we
do not admire what
we cannot understand: the bat
holding on upside down or in quest of something to

eat, elephants pushing, a wild horse taking a roll, a tireless wolf
under
a tree, the immovable critic twitching his skin like a horse that
feels a
flea, the base-
ball fan, the statistician--
nor is it valid
to discriminate against 'business documents and

school-books'; all these phenomena are important. One must
make a distinction
however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the
result is not poetry,
nor till the poets among us can be
'literalists of
the imagination'--above
insolence and triviality and can present

for inspection, 'imaginary gardens with real toads in them', shall
we have
it. In the meantime, if you demand on the one hand,
the raw material of poetry in
all its rawness and
that which is on the other hand
genuine, you are interested in poetry.


Comments about Poetry by Marianne Moore

  • Harindhar Reddy (3/27/2020 11:44:00 PM)

    Hmm poetry is its best when some like you write. Awesome(Report)Reply

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  • Damion HamiltonDamion Hamilton (2/26/2018 7:51:00 PM)

    pretty much sums up what poetry is. Salute(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (2/26/2018 5:25:00 PM)

    Could be titled How To Know You Are A Poet or An Intelligent Reader of Poems. She seems to have a long-ranging imagination and a never-ending paint box of words.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (2/26/2018 2:17:00 PM)

    Quest of something! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (2/26/2018 8:25:00 AM)

    if you demand on the one hand,
    the raw material of poetry in
    all its rawness and
    that which is on the other hand
    genuine, you are interested in poetry.
    Lovely poem shared.
    Thanks poet.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (2/26/2018 4:41:00 AM)

    the raw material of poetry in
    all its rawness and
    that which is on the other hand
    genuine, you are interested in poetry.............insightful expression. It is a great poem of Marianne Moore.(Report)Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (2/26/2018 3:25:00 AM)

    school-books'; all these phenomena are important. One must
    make a distinction
    however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the
    result is not poetry,
    A beautiful and brilliant poem with an honest appraisal of poets and poetry.
    What we like and what we dislike...........A distinction has to be made!
    Great poem by Marianne Moore(Report)Reply

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  • Nudershada CabanesNudershada Cabanes (2/26/2018 3:19:00 AM)

    Poetry is a genuine expression of what the poet sees and feels about the things he understand. Great insightful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Haoran T (2/26/2018 3:09:00 AM)

    In the meantime, if you demand on the one hand,
    the raw material of poetry in
    all its rawness and
    that which is on the other hand
    genuine, you are interested in poetry.

    Such profound meaning it conceives!(Report)Reply

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  • Paul BrookesPaul Brookes (2/26/2018 1:33:00 AM)

    truly brilliant write vivid imagery which into today's world of sound bites would be classed as cliche Art sometimes transends age and this is for me an evergreen poem of the best kind(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (2/26/2018 1:26:00 AM)

    Such a profound poem by Marianne Moore👍👍👍(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (2/26/2018 1:16:00 AM)

    I am mesmerized by this Classic One. Congratulations on being chosen as Classic Poem Of The Day to the descents of Marianne Moore.10 and much much more!(Report)Reply

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  • Practicing PoetessPracticing Poetess (2/26/2018 12:44:00 AM)

    I hope that, if I'm not already a Literalist of the Imagination who can present Imaginary Gardens with real toads in them, that at least I'm well on my way to becoming one!(Report)Reply

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  • Cheryl TutaanCheryl Tutaan (2/26/2018 12:40:00 AM)

    the raw material of poetry in
    all its rawness and
    that which is on the other hand
    genuine, you are interested in poetry.

    genuinely expressed. thank you for sharing this with us...(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (6/30/2017 1:58:00 AM)

    Poets and their writing nicely defined according to their real value and merits. Thanks, Marianne.
    we.... do not admire what.... we cannot understand:
    by half poets, the.... result is not poetry,
    nor till the poets among us can be
    'literalists of.... the imagination'.... above insolence and triviality(Report)Reply

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  • Carroll Eastman (5/7/2016 11:49:00 PM)

    Wow. Yes, I am
    interested in poetry.
    Thank you
    42316Marianne Moore.(Report)Reply

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  • Paulos IoannouPaulos Ioannou (2/18/2016 8:20:00 PM)

    Very touching, indeed(Report)Reply

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  • Elizabeth Douglas (6/8/2008 8:32:00 AM)

    I think this poem is saying realize that you will not always understand the poet or the stanzas but that there is a true sparkle behind both of them.(Report)Reply

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  • Simone Carson (7/24/2006 1:25:00 PM)

    This poem is extremely moving to those who see poetry as a way of life; something ethereal and genuine, one of the same(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003