New Collected Poems

New Collected Poems

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Overview

A landmark definitive edition of one of our most innovative and beloved poets

The landmark oeuvre of Marianne Moore, one of the major inventors of poetic modernism, has had no straight path from beginning to end; until now, there has been no good vantage point from which to see the body of her remarkable work as a whole. Throughout her life Moore arranged and rearranged, visited and revisited, a large majority of her existing poetry, always adding new work interspersed among revised poems. This makes sorting out the complex textual history that she left behind a pressing task if we mean to represent her work as a poet in a way that gives us a complete picture. New Collected Poems offers an answer to the question of how to represent the work of a poet so skillful and singular, giving a portrait of the range of her voice and of the modernist culture she helped create.

William Carlos Williams, remarking on the impeccable precision of Moore’s poems, praised “the aesthetic pleasure engendered when pure craftsmanship joins hard surfaces skillfully.” It is only in New Collected Poems that we can understand her later achievements, see how she refashioned her earlier work, and get a more complete understanding of her consummate craftsmanship, innovation, and attention to detail. Presented and collected by Heather Cass White, the foremost scholar of Moore’s work, this new collection at last allows readers to experience the untamed force of these dazzling poems as the author first envisioned them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374221041
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 586,067
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Marianne Moore (1887–1972) was an American poet, critic, editor, and translator, greatly admired for her formal innovations and startling vision. Her poetry received many honors, including the Dial Award, the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Bollingen Prize. Her poetry books include Observations and New Collected Poems.

Heather Cass White has edited two previous collections of Marianne Moore’s poetry, A-Quiver with Significance: Marianne Moore, 1932–1936 (2008), and Adversity & Grace: Marianne Moore, 1936–1941 (2012). She is Professor of English at the University of Alabama.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Conventions Followed xiii

Introduction xv

The Poems

Observations (1924)

To an Intra-Mural Rat 5

Reticence and Volubility 6

To a Chameleon 7

A Talisman 8

To a Prize Bird 9

Injudicious Gardening 10

Fear is Hope 11

To a Strategist 12

Is Your Town Nineveh? 13

A Fool, a Foul Thing, a Distressful Lunatic 14

To Military Progress 15

An Egyptian Pulled Glass Bottle in the Shape of a Fish 16

To a Steam Roller 17

Diligence is to Magic as Progress is to Flight 18

To a Snail 19

"The Bricks are Fallen Down, We Will Build with Hewn Stones. The Sycamores are Cut Down, We Will Change to Cedars." 20

George Moore 21

"Nothing will Cure the Sick Lion but to Eat an Ape" 22

To the Peacock of France 23

In this Age of Hard Trying, Nonchalance is Good and 24

To Statecraft Embalmed 25

The Monkey Puzzler 26

Poetry 27

The Past is the Present 29

Pedantic Literalist 30

"He Wrote The History Book" 31

Critics and Connoisseurs 32

To be Liked by You Would be a Calamity 33

Like a Bulrush 34

Sojourn in the Whale 35

My Apish Cousins 36

Roses Only 37

Reinforcements 38

The Fish 39

Black Earth 41

Radical 43

In the Days of Prismatic Color 44

Peter 45

Dock Rats 47

Picking And Choosing 48

England 49

When I Buy Pictures 51

A Grave 52

Those Various Scalpels 53

The Labors of Hercules 54

New York 55

People's Surroundings 56

Snakes, Mongooses, Snake-Charmers, and the Like 59

Bowls 60

Novices 61

Marriage 63

Silence 71

An Octopus 72

Sea Unicorns and Land Unicorns 78

Index 81

Poems 1932-1936

Part of a Novel, Part of a Poem, Part of a Play

The Steeple-Jack 93

The Student 95

The Hero 97

No Swan So Fine 99

The Jerboa 100

Camellia Sabina 105

The Plumet Basilisk 107

The Frigate Pelican 112

The Buffalo 115

Nine Nectarines and Other Porcelain 117

Pigeons 120

See in the Midst of Fair Leaves 123

Walking-Sticks and Paperweights and Watermarks 124

The Pangolin and Other Verse (1936)

The Old Dominion Virginia Britannia 131

Bird-Witted 136

Half Deity 137

Smooth Gnarled Crape Myrtle 139

The Pangolin 141

From What Are Years (1941)

What are Years? 147

Rigorists 148

Light is Speech 149

He "Digesteth Harde Yron" 151

Spenser's Ireland 154

Four Quartz Crystal Clocks 156

The Paper Nautilus 158

Nevertheless (1944)

Nevertheless 161

The Wood-Weasel 163

Elephants 164

A Carriage from Sweden 167

The Mind is an Enchanting Thing 169

In Distrust of Merits 171

Poems 1944-1951

"Keeping Their World Large" 177

His Shield 179

Propriety 180

Voracities and Verities Sometimes are Interacting 182

A Face 183

By Disposition of Angels 184

Efforts of Affection 185

The Icosasphere 186

Pretiolae 187

Armor's Undermining Modesty 188

Quoting An Also Private Thought 190

We Call Them the Brave 191

Like a Bulwark (1956)

Bulwarked against Fate 195

Apparition of Splendor 196

Then the Ermine 197

Tom Fool at Jamaica 198

The Web One Weaves of Italy 200

The Staff of Aesculapius 201

The Sycamore 202

Rosemary 203

Style 204

Logic and "The Magic Flute" 205

Blessed is the Man 206

From O TO Be a Dragon (1959)

O to Be a Dragon 209

I May, I Might, I Must 210

A Jellyfish 211

Values in Use 212

Hometown Piece for Messrs. Alston and Reese 213

Enough: Jamestown, 1607-1957 215

Melchior Vulpius 217

No better than "a withered daffodil" 218

In the Public Garden 219

The Arctic Ox (or Goat) 221

Saint Nicholas 223

For February 14th 225

Combat Cultural 226

Leonardo da Vinci's 227

From The Arctic Ox (1964)

Blue Bug 231

To Victor Hugo of My Crow Pluto 233

Baseball and Writing 236

To a Giraffe 239

Arthur Mitchell 240

Tell Me, Tell Me 241

Rescue with Yul Brynner 243

Carnegie Hall: Rescued 245

An Expedient-Leonardo da Vinci's-and a Query 247

From Tell Me, Tell Me (1966)

Granite and Steel 251

In Lieu of the Lyre 252

The mind, intractable thing 253

Dream 254

Old Amusement Park 255

W. S. Landor 256

Charity Overcoming Envy 257

Saint Valentine 258

Poems 1963-1970

I've been Thinking … 261

Love in America? 263

Tippoo's Tiger 264

The Camperdown Elm 265

Mercifully 266

"Like a Wave at the Curl" 267

Enough 268

The Magician's Retreat 269

Appendix: Poems 1915-1918

To a Man Working his Way through the Crowd 273

To the Soul of "Progress" 274

That Harp You Play So Well 275

Counseil to a Bacheler 276

Appellate Jurisdiction 277

To William Butler Yeats on Tagore 278

To a Friend in the Making 279

Blake 280

Diogenes 281

Feed Me, Also, River God 282

He Made This Screen 283

Holes Bored in a Workbag by the Scissors 284

Apropos of Mice 285

The Just Man And 286

In "Designing a Cloak to Cloak his Designs," you Wrested from Oblivion, a Coat of Immortality for your own Use 287

The Past is the Present 288

You Say You Said 289

Old Tiger 290

Moore's Notes 293

Editor's notes

Editing the Poems 343

Notes 357

Observations 359

Poems 1932-1936 376

The Pangolin and Other Verse 389

From What Are Years 394

Nevertheless 398

Poems 1944-1951 400

Like a Bulwark 403

From O to Be a Dragon 407

From The Arctic Ox 413

From Tell Me, Tell Me 416

Poems 1963-1970 418

Appendix: Poems 1915-1918 423

Sources for Moore's Notes 426

Original Tables of Contents 429

Works Cited 443

Index of Titles and First Lines 445

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