Marianne Moore Quotes

My father used to say, "Superior people never make long visits, have to be shown Longfellow's grave or the glass flowers at Harvard."
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. "Silence," Selected Poems (1935).
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Hindered characters seldom have mothers in Irish stories, but they all have grandmothers.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. Spenser's Ireland (l. 20-22). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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a place as kind as it is green, the greenest place I've never seen. Every name is a tune.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. Spenser's Ireland (l. 2-4). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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The Irish say your trouble is their trouble and your joy their joy? I wish I could believe it; I am troubled, I'm dissatisfied, I'm Irish.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. Spenser's Ireland (l. 52-56). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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Concurring hands divide flax for damask that when bleached by Irish weather has the silvered chamois-leather water-tightness of a skin.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. Spenser's Ireland (l. 34-39). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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Camels are snobbish and sheep, unintelligent; water buffaloes, neurasthenic— even murderous. Reindeer seem over-serious.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. "The Arctic Ox (Or Goat)," (1959).
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Of the crow-blue mussel shells, one keeps adjusting the ash heaps; opening and shutting itself like an injured fan.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. The Fish (l. 3-7). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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He's not out seeing a sight but the rock crystal thing to see—the startling El Greco brimming with inner light—that covets nothing that it has let go. This then you may know as the hero.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. The Hero (l. 49-54). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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We do not like some things, and the hero doesn't; deviating head-stones and uncertainty; going where one does not wish to go;suffering and not saying so;
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. The Hero (l. 10-15). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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it is a power of strong enchantment. It is like the dove- neck animated by sun; it is memory's eye; it's conscientious inconsistency.
Marianne Moore (1887-1972), U.S. poet. The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing (l. 19-24). . . The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore. (1981) Penguin Books.
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