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The Poems of Marianne Moore Paperback – March 29, 2005
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Moore was a savage editor of her work, and insisted on collecting only what she considered the very best of her poems, often significantly revised over the years. Schulman pulls back the curtain to let you see the earlier versions, in the chronological order in which they were written, along with many very fine poems that didn't pass muster with Moore. You get four versions of the famous "Poetry," for instance ("I, too, dislike it")-the 1919 original included in the body of the text and the three variants Moore wrote over the next 40 years tucked helpfully in the Notes at the back.
The upshot is that you get a much clearer sense of Moore's development and characteristic concerns. Every bit as formidable, she also becomes just a little more human when you see the full range of her writing. Some of the false starts and minor pieces can often be more revealing than the Greatest Hits (though sometimes what Moore considered minor can be scary.) Now that Schulman's book is available as a paperback, I wonder how many of these lesser-known poems will eventually find their way into the anthologies.
Schulman also won me over by including Moore's earliest poem, written for Christmas in 1895 when she was 8:
Dear St. Nicklus:
This Christmas morn
You do adorn
Bring Warner a horn
And me a doll
That is all.
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Unless you see an entire body of her work, you cannot truly appreciate the beauty and variability of Marianne Moore's work. This book really opened my eyes to her stunning poetry/Published 2 months ago by Doris Yokelson
While other members of our discussion group had volumes titled "complete poems," they were not in fact, complete, and lacked the extended notes and personal insights df... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gloria Peck
This is one book that I treasure most in my library. I learn so very much from her own experience.Published on March 29, 2013 by Pat Shepherd