Marianne Moore



Marianne Moore is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennysylvania, USA.

Grave of Mariane Moore

In 1918 Moore and her mother moved from Pennsylvania to New York - where Marianne took up work as a library assistant in the Public Library. 

Along with poets such as Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams she was a member of the imagist movement. In common with the imagist philosophy, she wrote poetry featuring clear but highly condensed language. 

She soon began to contribute poems to the influential Dial magazine - and later became its editor from 1925-29.

Moore relied on syllable counting rather than on traditional meter forms and also laid out her poems in elaborate forms. The formal construction of her poetry is not always immediately apparent on first reading.

Much of her work was inspired by her love of animals and nature e.g. her accomplished poem The Fish.

Moore was also a great baseball and boxing fan.

She lived with her mother for many years - of whom she was particularly fond. Moore died in New York in 1972.

Moore's work was a big influence on that of fellow American poet Elizabeth Bishop.

Marianne Moore

I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle.
  Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in 
  it after all, a place for the genuine.

From Poetry






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