Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore

Franklin Library Marianne Moore books

Collected Poems of Marianne Moore - 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature - 1981
Collected Poems of Marianne Moore - Pulitzer Prize Classics - 1984

Poet Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore, a towering figure in American poetry, was born on November 15, 1887, in Kirkwood, Missouri, USA. With her distinctive style characterized by precision, wit, and keen observation, Moore reshaped the landscape of modern poetry, earning acclaim for her innovative verse and intellectual rigor. Growing up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Moore was exposed to literature and the arts from an early age, thanks to her mother's passion for education and culture. After studying at Bryn Mawr College, she embarked on a teaching career before devoting herself fully to writing poetry.

Moore's poetic debut came with the publication of her first collection, Poems, in 1921. Marked by her signature use of syllabic verse and her meticulous attention to detail, the collection showcased her unique voice and thematic preoccupations, including the natural world, the complexities of human experience, and the intersection of art and life. Throughout her career, Moore's poetry defied conventional norms, employing unconventional forms and language to challenge readers' expectations and provoke thought. Her renowned poem Poetry (1919) famously begins with the line "I, too, dislike it," reflecting Moore's ambivalence toward the art form even as she mastered it with consummate skill.

Moore's influence extended beyond her own poetry, as she championed the work of fellow writers and artists through her role as an editor and critic. As an editor at The Dial magazine, she played a pivotal role in shaping the literary landscape of the early 20th century, championing modernist voices such as T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and Wallace Stevens. In addition to her poetry, Moore's essays and reviews offered incisive commentary on literature, art, and culture, showcasing her formidable intellect and wide-ranging interests. Her sharp wit and discerning eye earned her a reputation as one of the foremost critics of her time, influencing generations of scholars and writers.

Despite her reluctance to embrace the public spotlight, Moore received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career, including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1951 for her collection titled Collected Poems (1951). Her work continues to be celebrated for its lyrical beauty, intellectual depth, and timeless relevance. Marianne Moore passed away on February 5, 1972, leaving behind a rich literary legacy that continues to inspire and captivate readers around the world. Through her groundbreaking poetry and her unwavering commitment to artistic integrity, Moore remains an enduring icon of American letters, revered for her pioneering spirit and poetic genius.

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