Critics and Poets on Marianne Moore: "A Right Good Salvo of Barks"

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Linda Leavell, Chair Department of English and Edward H Butler Professor of Literature Cristanne Miller, Cristanne Miller, Robin G. Schulze, Professor of English Robin G Schulze
Bucknell University Press, 2005 - History - 266 pages
The first collection of essays about Marianne Moore to appear in fifteen years, this book brings together the work of well established Moore scholars such as Patricia C. Willis, Elizabeth Gregory, Cristanne Miller, Linda Leavell, and Robin G. Schulze, with that of new contributors to the field. The essays in this volume, written from a variety of international perspectives, range across the most pressing concerns of contemporary literary study and reassert Moore's centrality to a critical and poetic field in which she has been surprisingly marginalized. This book also includes poems written by contemporary poets, many of them significant contributors to scholarship on Moore, as a way of acknowledging the importance of Moore's verse to living writers. The poems compliment the scholarly essays by demonstrating in verse the important ways in which Moore's artistic achievements have stimulated her successors.

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Contents

A Modernists Childhood
25
Marianne Moore and the Seventeenth Century
40
What Is War For? Moores Development of an Ethical Poetry
56
Marianne Moore Gender and the Hazards of Domestication
74
In the Country of Urgency There Is a Language
90
American Solitude
92
Eves Unnaming
94
Poems by Cynthia Hogue
95
Poems by Jeredith Merrin
184
Parasailing in Cancun
185
Poems by Joanie Mackowski
188
Wild
190
Necessary Deflection in Marianne Moores For February 14th and Saint Valentine
192
Marianne Moore and the Mixed Brow
208
Marianne Moore Today
222
Poems by Jeanne Heuving
240

Hope Is an Orientation of the Spirit
96
What Matters Today Is the Spirit of the Modern
97
Authorship in Marianne Moore and Gertrude Stein
98
Poetry Painting Photography
113
An Octopus and National Character
137
Hybridity and Heroism in the Thirties
150
An Irish Incognita
165
Grays
241
Furrow
242
Poem by Lisa M Steinman
244
Bibliography
246
Notes on Contributors
257
Index
261
Copyright

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Page 50 - O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee ? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee ? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.
Page 132 - Superior people never make long visits, have to be shown Longfellow's grave or the glass flowers at Harvard. Self-reliant like the cat — that takes its prey to privacy, the mouse's limp tail hanging like a shoelace from its mouth — they sometimes enjoy solitude, and can be robbed of speech by speech that has delighted them. The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence; not in silence, but restraint.
Page 43 - Thus there are two Books from whence I collect my Divinity; besides that written one of GOD, another of His servant Nature, that universal and publick Manuscript, that lies expans'd unto the Eyes of all : those that never saw Him in the one, have 'discovered Him in the other.
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