Scholars have marveled at the paradoxes of Marianne Moore--how her verse can show such propriety amidst such caprice, or use such artifice to celebrate the natural, or seem so modern while being unabashedly old-fashioned. In fact, Moore's "wild decorum" is an accurate reflection of her character and values, exalting a gusto (as she said) that gets things done without running roughshod, a propriety that refuses to wink, distort, or disdain. But for all this down-to-earth practicality, her long, artfully poised sentences and strict but arbitrarily syllabic stanza forms also force us to a self-conscious awareness of the language itself.
Read Marianne Moore's prose tribute to the "Greatest" boxer, some of her poems and letters, a brief biography, and a bibliography.
No need to visit the rare books section of a library to read Moore's poems published in The Dial. Two Moore poems from the April 1920 issue--"Picking and Choosing" and "England"--are featured on this site.
The publication for which Moore wrote "No Swan So Fine," Poetry magazine recently celebrated its 85th anniversary. Read about the magazine and how Moore's poem came about.
Trace the beginning of Moore's interest in China, read her poem "He Made This Screen," and explore the impact of Far Eastern art and literature on Moore and other American writers at "Petals on a Wet Black Bough," an electronic text exhibition.
Pay tribute to Moore by visiting her gravesite, which she shares with her mother, in Pennsylvania's Evergreen Cemetery. You'll see a picture of the tombstone and a map of the area where the cemetery is located.