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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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  • ''I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it.''
    Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. Quoted in New York Mirror (May 31, 1959). On accepting the National Book Award for poetry.
  • ''When one cannot appraise out of one's own experience, the temptation to blunder is minimized, but even when one can, appraisal seems chiefly useful as appraisal of the appraiser.''
    Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. repr. In Complete Prose (1987). "Comment," Dial, no. 85 (New York, Oct. 1928).
  • ''Egotism is usually subversive of sagacity.''
    Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. repr. In Complete Prose (1987). "Comment," Dial, no. 82 (New York, March 1927).
  • ''Poetry, that is to say the poetic, is a primal necessity.''
    Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. first published in Dial, no. 81 (New York, Aug. 1926). "Comment," Complete Prose (1987).
  • ''War is pillage versus resistance and if illusions of magnitude could be transmuted into ideals of magnanimity, peace might be realized.''
    Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. repr. In Complete Prose (1987). "Comment," no. 86, Dial (New York, April 1929).
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