The poems of Marianne Moore

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Viking, 2003 - Poetry - 449 pages
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More than thirty years after her death, Marianne Moore continues to be one of America's most beloved poets. However, her Collected Poems(1951) omits twenty years of later beauties. And her inaccurately titled Complete Poems(1967) is likewise incomplete, leaving out nearly half of her body of verse and giving readers only a partial view of her work. This complete collection of Moore's poetry, lovingly edited by the prizewinning poet Grace Schulman, for the first time contains allof Moore's poems, including 120 previously uncollected and unpublished ones. Organized chronologically to allow readers to follow Moore's development as a poet, the volume includes an introduction, all of Moore's original notes to the poems, along with Schulman's notes, attributions, and some variants. This long-needed volume will reveal to Moore's admirers the scope of her poetic voice and will introduce new generations of readers to her great achievement. The Poems of Marianne Mooreis a must have both for Moore devotees and any reader seeking an introduction to the work of one of America's greatest poets.

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User Review  - Tyler - Goodreads

Most of Marianne Moore's poetry is incredibly dense and hard to understand. With the help of a professor and a lot of group discussion I began to see recurring themes and ideas, but her poetry was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Whitney - Goodreads

How to choose a single rating for an entire lifetime? It's nonsensical. I propose to judge the book on the strength of its strongest pages, and Moore's descriptions of animals and nature (both witty and euphonious!) are clearly 5-star work. Read full review


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Born in St. Louis, the "first lady of American poetry," Marianne Moore, graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1909. In 1918 she moved to New York City with her mother, remaining there for the rest of her life. She became a well-known character in her Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, easily recognizable in a large black hat and rather eccentric style. In 1921 a few of her friends pirated her work and published it under the title Poems. On her seventy-fifth birthday, November 15, 1962, she was honored by the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and in a special interview for the N.Y. Times, she spoke of her feelings concerning the treatment of poetry: "I'm very doubtful about scholasticizing poetry," she said. "I feel very strongly that poetry should not be an assignment but a joy." Five years later she said: "I wonder that I can bear myself to be in a world where they don't outlaw war." In 1967 Moore received both the MacDowell Medal and a Gold Medal. Mayor John Lindsay of New York City hailed her as "truly the poet laureate of New York City." The famed Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia has a collection devoted to her work and a detailed replica of a room in her Brooklyn home. Moore brought to her work a prodigious knowledge and passionate interest in many diverse fields, including the arts, natural history, and public affairs. Her use of the images and language of these fields in her poetry enabled her to offset traditional poetic tones with the cadences of prose rhetoric and everyday speech. This talent, coupled with her precision and intricate metrics, make her one of the leading modernist poets.

Grace Schulman's earlier books of poems are "For That Day Only," "Hemispheres," "& "Burn down the Icons." She received the Delmore Schwartz Award for poetry & two Pushcart prizes, & her poems have been anthologized in "The Best of American Poetry 1995" & "The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-98." Poetry editor of "The Nation" & former director of the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y, she is founder of Discovery/"The Nation," an annual showcase for new poets. She is Distinguished Professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY.

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