Marianne Moore American Literature Analysis
Randall Jarrell, the modern American poet and critic, said that Marianne Moore discovered a new subject and a new structure for poetry. T. S. Eliot, the twentieth century British writer, felt that Moore was one of the few poets who have used the English language inventively. These sentiments are not unusual. Moore is a poet other writers admire. She had her early detractors because of her innovative rhythms and stark imagery. By the 1950’s, however, when modernism became more widely accepted, Moore emerged as a major poet alongside William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens.
Moore’s work has several distinct stylistic qualities and themes. Her main contribution is precise imagery created by a disciplined use of language. Throughout her career, she also dealt with discipline as a theme, advocating a set of values that included courage, independence, responsibility, and simplicity. Moore believed that humankind is besieged by threats to these principles and so must be constantly on guard. In many poems, particularly her later ones, she advocates creating emotional barriers to repel such threats. Throughout her career, Moore explored paradoxical situations, and seeming contradictions underlie many of her poems.
Tracing Moore’s poetic career presents difficulties, for, as critic Bonnie Costello notes, her work does not conform to chronological development. Throughout her life, Moore continually revised. Each book she published contained...
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