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Complete Poems (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

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This definitive edition contains sixty years of Marianne Moore's poems, incorporating her text revisions and her own entertaining notes that reveal the inspiration for complete poems and individual lines.

About the Author

Marianne Moore was born in Kirkwood, Missouri, on November 1, 1887, and spent much of her youth in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. After graduation from Bryn Mawr College in 1909 she taught for four years at the Carlisle Indian School. Her poetry first appeared professionally in The Egoist and Poetry magazines in 1915 and she moved to New York City in 1918. Her first book, Poems, was issued in England by the Egoist Press in 1921. Observations, published three years later in America, received the Dial Award. From 1925 to 1929 she served as acting editor of The Dial, the preeminent American literary periodical. She moved to Brooklyn in 1929, where she lived for the next thirty-six years. In 1935 Selected Poems, with an Introduction by T.S. Eliot, brought her work to the attention of a wider public.

Three additional books of poetry were followed, in 1951, by her Collected Poems, which won the Bollingen Prize, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. She went on to publish a verse translation of the complete Fables of La Fontaine, a collection of critical essays, and three more volumes of poems.

Among the many awards Marianne Moore received are the National Institute of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for poetry, the Poetry Scoiety of America's Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement, and the National Medal for Literature, America's highest literary honor. A member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters since 1947, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1955. In 1967 she was made Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic, and in 1969 she received an honorary doctorate in literature from Harvard University, her sixteenth honorary degree. Marianne Moore died in New York City, in her eighty-fifth year, on February 5, 1972.

Table of Contents

Complete Poems Author's Note

A Note on the Text

I. COLLECTED POEMS (1951)

Selected Poems (1935)

The Steeple-Jack

The Hero

The Jerboa

Camellia Sabina

No Swan So Fine

The Plumet Basilisk

The Frigate Pelican

The Buffalo

Nine Nectarines

To a Prize Bird

The Fish

In This Age of Hard Trying, Nonchalance Is Good and

To Statecraft Embalmed

Poetry

Pedantic Literalist

Critics and Connoisseurs

The Monkeys

In the Days of Prismatic Color

Peter

Picking and Choosing

England

When I Buy Pictures

A Grave

Those Various Scalpels

The Labors of Hercules

New York

People's Surroundings

Snakes, Mongooses, Snake-Charmers, and the Like

Bowls

Novices

Marriage

An Octopus

Sea Unicorns and Land Unicorns

The Monkey Puzzle

Injudicious Gardening

To Military Progress

An Egyptian Pulled Glass Bottle in the Shape of a Fish

To a Steam Roller

To a Snail

"Nothing Will Cure the Sick Lion but to Eat an Ape"

To the Peacock of France

The Past Is the Present

"He Wrote the History Book"

Sojourn in the Whale

Silence

What Are Years (1941)

What Are Years?

Rigorists

Light Is Speech

He "Digesteth Harde Yron"

The Student

Smooth Gnarled Crape Myrtle

Bird-Witted

Virginia Brittania

Spenser's Ireland

Four Quartz Crystal Clocks

The Pangolin

The Paper Nautilus

Nevertheless (1944)

Nevertheless

The Wood-Weasel

Elephants

A Carriage from Sweden

The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing

In Distrust of Merits

Collected Later (1951)

A Face

By Disposition of Angels

The Icosasphere

His Shield

"Keeping Their World Large"

Efforts of Affection

Voracities and Verities Sometimes Are Interacting

Propriety

Armor's Undermining Modesty

II. LATER POEMS

Like a Bulwark (1956)

Like a Bulwark

Apparition of Splendor

Then the Ermine

Tom Fool at Jamaica

The Web One Weaves of Italy

The Staff of Aesculapius

The Sycamore

Rosemary

Style

Logic and "The Magic Flute"

Blessed Is the Man

O To Be a Dragon

O to Be a Dragon

I May, I Might, I Must

To a Chameleon

A Jelly-Fish

Values in Use

Hometown Piece for Messrs. Alston and Reese

Enough: Jamestown, 1607-1957

Melchior Vulpius

No Better Than a "Withered Daffodil"

In the Public Garden

The Arctic Ox (or Goat)

Saint Nicholas

For February 14th

Combat Cultural

Leonardo da Vinci's

Tell Me, Tell Me (1966)

Granite and Steel

In Lieu of the Lyre

The Mind, Intractable Thing

Dream

Old Amusement Park

An Expedient - Leonardo da Vinci's - and a Query

W. S. Landor

To a Giraffe

Charity Overcoming Envy

Blue Bug

Arthur Mitchell

Baseball and Writing

To Victor Hugo of My Crow Pluto

Rescue with Yul Brynner

Carnegie Hall: Rescued

Tell Me, Tell Me

Saint Valentine

Sun

Hitherto Uncollected

"Avec Ardeur"

Love in America -

Tippoo's Tiger

The Camperdown Elm

Mercifully

"Reminiscent of a Wave at the Curl"

Enough: 1969

The Magician's Retreat

Prevalent at One Time

Selections from The Fables of La Fontaine (1954)

The Fox and the Grapes

The Lion in Love

The Animals Sick of the Plague

The Bear and the Garden-Lover

The Mouse Metamorphosed into a Maid

A Note on the Notes

Notes

Index of Titles and Opening Lines

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140188516
Author:
Moore, Marianne
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
American poetry -- Women authors.
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin
Series Volume:
2705
Publication Date:
19941131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.72x5.04x.58 in. .48 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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