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Marianne Moore

(November 15, 1887 – February 5, 1972 / Kirkwood, Missouri)

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Moore was born in Kirkwood, Missouri, in the manse of the Presbyterian church where her maternal grandfather, John Riddle Warner, served as pastor. She was the daughter of construction engineer and inventor John Milton Moore and his wife, Mary Warner. She grew up in her grandfather's household; her father having been committed to a mental hospital before her birth. In 1905, Moore entered Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and graduated four years later. She taught at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, until 1915, when Moore began to publish poetry professionally.

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  • ''Victory won't come

    to me unless I go
    to it; a grape tendril
    ties a knot in knots till

    knotted thirty times,—''
    Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. Nevertheless (l. 21-25). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
  • ''O to be a dragon
    a symbol of the power of Heaven—of silkworm
    size or immense; at times invisible. Felicitous phenomenon!''
    Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. "O To Be a Dragon," O To Be a Dragon (1959).
  • ''the small tuft of fronds or katydid legs above each eye, still
    numbering the units in each group;
    the shadbones regularly set about the mouth, to droop or rise''
    Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. Peter (l. 3-4). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
  • ''I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all
    this fiddle.''
    Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. Poetry (l. 1). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Pres...
  • ''the raw material of poetry in
    all its rawness and
    that which is on the other hand
    genuine, you are interested in poetry.''
    Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. Poetry (l. 25-28). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University ...
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