Monday, September 14, 2009

SA #4: Marianne Moore


1. Briefly describe Moore's style.

2. In a strictly literal sense, what are "the days of prismatic color"? How do you know?

3. "Omissions are not accidents," Moore writes on the page after the dedication. Comparing the version of "Poetry" in your book with the versions from 1924 and 1925 (on bspace) reveals that Moore revised the poem heavily, eventually cutting it from twenty-nine lines to just three. Briefly but thoughtfully describe what it's like to read the three-line poem when you know that the longer versions exist.

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