New Collected Poems

New Collected Poems

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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: 9780374537746
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 780,359
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.50(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

Conventions Followed

Introduction

THE POEMS

OBSERVATIONS (1924)

To an Intra-Mural Rat

Reticence and Volubility

To a Chameleon

A Talisman

To a Prize Bird

Injudicious Gardening

Fear is Hope

To a Strategist

Is Your Town Nineveh?

A Fool, a Foul Thing, a Distressful Lunatic

To Military Progress

An Egyptian Pulled Glass Bottle in the Shape of a Fish

To a Steam Roller

Diligence is to Magic as Progress is to Flight

To a Snail

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

George Moore

“Nothing will Cure the Sick Lion but to Eat an Ape”

To the Peacock of France

In this Age of Hard Trying, Nonchalance is Good and

To Statecraft Embalmed

The Monkey Puzzler

Poetry

The Past is the Present

Pedantic Literalist

“He Wrote The History Book”

Critics and Connoisseurs

To be Liked by You Would be a Calamity

Like a Bulrush

Sojourn in the Whale

My Apish Cousins

Roses Only

Reinforcements

The Fish

Black Earth

Radical

In the Days of Prismatic Color

Peter

Dock Rats

Picking And Choosing

England

When I Buy Pictures

A Grave

Those Various Scalpels

The Labors of Hercules

New York

People’s Surroundings

Snakes, Mongooses, Snake-Charmers, and the Like

Bowls

Novices

Marriage

Silence

An Octopus

Sea Unicorns and Land Unicorns

Index

POEMS 1932–1936

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

The Steeple-Jack

The Student

The Hero

No Swan So Fine

The Jerboa

Camellia Sabina

The Plumet Basilisk

The Frigate Pelican

The Buffalo

Nine Nectarines and Other Porcelain

Pigeons

See in the Midst of Fair Leaves

Walking-Sticks and Paperweights and Watermarks

THE PANGOLIN AND OTHER VERSE (1936)

The Old Dominion Virginia Britannia

Bird-Witted

Half Deity

Smooth Gnarled Crape Myrtle

The Pangolin

from WHAT ARE YEARS (1941)

What are Years?

Rigorists

Light is Speech

He “Digesteth Harde Yron”

Spenser’s Ireland

Four Quartz Crystal Clocks

The Paper Nautilus

NEVERTHELESS (1944)

Nevertheless

The Wood-Weasel

Elephants

A Carriage from Sweden

The Mind is an Enchanting Thing

In Distrust of Merits

POEMS 1944–1951

“Keeping Their World Large”

His Shield

Propriety

Voracities and Verities Sometimes are Interacting

A Face

By Disposition of Angels

Efforts of Affection

The Icosasphere

Pretiolae

Armor’s Undermining Modesty

Quoting An Also Private Thought

We Call Them the Brave

LIKE A BULWARK (1956)

Bulwarked against Fate

Apparition of Splendor

Then the Ermine:

Tom Fool at Jamaica

The Web One Weaves of Italy

The Staff of Aesculapius

The Sycamore

Rosemary

Style

Logic and “The Magic Flute”

Blessed is the Man

from O TO BE A DRAGON (1959)

O to Be a Dragon

I May, I Might, I Must

A Jellyfish

Values in Use

Hometown Piece for Messrs. Alston and Reese

Enough: Jamestown, 1607–1957

Melchior Vulpius

No better than “a withered daffodil”

In the Public Garden

The Arctic Ox (or Goat)

Saint Nicholas,

For February 14th

Combat Cultural

Leonardo da Vinci’s

from THE ARCTIC OX (1964)

Blue Bug

To Victor Hugo of My Crow Pluto

Baseball and Writing

To a Giraffe

Arthur Mitchell

Tell Me, Tell Me

Rescue with Yul Brynner

Carnegie Hall: Rescued

An Expedient—Leonardo da Vinci’s—and a Query

from TELL ME, TELL ME (1966)

Granite and Steel

In Lieu of the Lyre

The mind, intractable thing

Dream

Old Amusement Park

W. S. Landor

Charity Overcoming Envy

Saint Valentine,

POEMS 1963–1970

I’ve been Thinking . . .

Love in America?

Tippoo’s Tiger

The Camperdown Elm

Mercifully,

“Like a Wave at the Curl”

Enough

The Magician’s Retreat

APPENDIX: POEMS 1915–1918

To a Man Working his Way through the Crowd

To the Soul of “Progress”

That Harp You Play So Well

Counseil to a Bacheler

Appellate Jurisdiction

To William Butler Yeats on Tagore

To a Friend in the Making

Blake

Diogenes

Feed Me, Also, River God

He Made This Screen

Holes Bored in a Workbag by the Scissors

Apropos of Mice

The Just Man And

In “Designing a Cloak to Cloak his Designs,” you Wrested from Oblivion, a Coat of Immortality for your own Use.

The Past is the Present

You Say You Said

Old Tiger

MOORE'S NOTES

EDITOR'S NOTES

EDITING THE POEMS

NOTES

Observations

Poems 1932–1936

The Pangolin and Other Verse from What Are Years

Nevertheless

Poems 1944–1951

Like a Bulwark from O to Be a Dragon from The Arctic Ox from Tell Me, Tell Me

Poems 1963–1970

Appendix: Poems 1915–1918

Sources for Moore’s Notes

ORIGINAL TABLES OF CONTENTS

WORKS CITED

INDEX OF TITLES AND FIRST LINES

Customer Reviews