Marianne Moore Poetry: American Poets Analysis
In Marianne Moore’s best work the imagined and the perceived are interdependent; she merges the two to create her usefully idiosyncratic reality. Often she finds in her universe suggestions of ethical principle. When she integrates statement of principle with sufficient circumstance, she makes the presentation seem not merely a lesson but also a fundamental component of the aesthetic structure of her world.
That “we”—speakers of English, one supposes—have not successfully integrated the world of imagination with that of the senses is part of the closing observation in her best-known poem, the 1935 version of “Poetry.” This piece unfortunately has been the victim of ill-advised revision. Its argument was...
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