The Poems of Marianne Moore

The Poems of Marianne Moore

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Marianne Moore's poetry shines with accuracy and wit: her portraits of animals and her passionate conversations reveal the truth of such moral principles as courage, freedom, love, the will to see clearly, the power to feel deeply. When Viking published Moore's Complete Poems in 1967, John Ashberg wrote in The New York Times Book Review, "I am tempted simply to call her our greatest modern poet. This despite the obvious grandeur of her competitors, including Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams....Her work will, I think, continue to be read as poetry when much of the major poetry of our time has become part of the history of literature."Now, a generation after her death, Josh Ashbery's words hold fast: Moore's poems have prevailed. Her place on Parnassus, alongside her contemporaries Eliot, Pound, Stevens, and Williams, remains secure, her eminence a certainty. Yet no other major American poet is cherished more and known less than Moore is. Most of her readers are familiar with only part of her work when she prepared her so-called Complete Poems. That book (the only volume of Moore's poetry that has been available for the last two decades) omits such major poems as "Old Tiger," "Roses Only," "Radical," and "Half Deity" - not to mention the early poems, some of them never collected, others never before published.This volume, edited by Grace Schulman, will bring back those poems at last. Organized chronologically to allow readers to follow Moore's development, this book includes more than one hundred previously uncollected and unpublished versions, along with useful notes, attributions, and revealing variants.
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  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 165.1 x 236.2 x 38.1mm | 793.8g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0670031984
  • 9780670031986

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