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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (November 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140188517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140188516
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Smith VINE VOICE on July 5, 2000
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I believe that it was Robert Frost who commented with regards to modern poetry, that it was like playing tennis without a net. Marianne Moore created her own net - her poetry is built upon strict syllabic counts she imposed upon herself. The result is finely crafted poetry that is never self-indulgent.
I have found her syllabic count to be a good way to introduce structure into student's poetry. I have found it to be a good writing exercise. And in using the structure in these ways, I have become ever more impressed with the quality of work she achieved. But more than the technical quality, I enjoy the humor and just plain fun of her animal poems.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By darkdorothy on April 17, 2000
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Marianne Moore's poetry is perceptive and unassuming. She often writes with a dry sense of humor. Her interest in sports, especially baseball, is also expressed in her poetry. She enjoys odd behavior in animals and writes about them just as they are. "An Octopus" is one of her longer poems and needs several readings to be appreciated. Moore creates poems that are filled with intuitive insight and beauty.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ben on April 20, 2011
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While I love Marianne Moore's poetry, I wish I could return my Kindle edition of her collected poems. First, as a sidebar, this collected version only contains the three line version of 'Poetry,' which was Moore's final version of the poem; however, in many anthologies, the considerably longer, original version of the poem is printed, and this is the source of the discrepancy at least one other person noted.
Second, my issue with this edition seems to be the mantra of most poetry readers who buy Kindle versions of poems: the formatting stinks. While this edition is not nearly as bad as Kindle's free version of Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience (which is formatted completely in prose), it does not preserve the formatting of the poetry as originally created by Moore. Moore makes considerable use of indentation, a matter of form which is vital to the function of her poems, and this version does not preserve it - every line is left-aligned. So while this is better than some other poetry collections for Kindle, I would highly suggest purchasing the print version in order to attain the complete experience of Moore's poetry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Homer on December 21, 2012
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Having all these poems in a single volume gives the reader the rare opportunity to see all the complexities of this major poet in all her varied nuances. Being able to read and study these works in one volume reinforces one's
opinion of Marianne Moore as a major and unequalled master of our language/
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