Complete Poems

Complete Poems

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Title:Complete Poems
Author:Marianne Moore
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:Complete Poems
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Complete Poems Reviews

  • Eric
    Feb 09, 2009
    Whitman's invitation is not to be resisted. Later. Marianne Moore wrote the liner notes for Muhammad Ali's 1963 album of raps, I Am The Greatest! Turns out this edition is the 1850 Prelude of Modernism, known for senescent omissions and revisions; but I'm too lazy to look for...
  • Margaret
    Mar 16, 2007
    "Completing a circle, / you have been deceived into thinking that you have progressed" - An Octopus Yes. Moore's work can be abstruse, but consciously so. She is not seeking order; she finds vitality in chaos. Her search for the authentic voice is constantly undercut by her own c...
  • Madeline
    Apr 28, 2010
    Marianne Moore is delightful, and one of the few poets I know that I'd actually enjoy hanging out with. It'd be great - we'd sit around drinking tea and talking about art, and then she'd be like, "Hey, do you want to hear about squids?" And then she would tell me all about squids and t...
  • secondwomn
    Jan 03, 2008
    Reread sept 14 2013 not much to add to the notes from 2008, except that i'm fascinated and confused by her sense of line. clearly i'm not ready for what she's throwing out. --- i'm conflicted about marianne moore. i love her aesthetic. i love her subject matter. sometimes i feel li...
  • Chris
    Jun 30, 2011
    UIL Literary Criticism selection for 11-12. Just reading selections (about 20) but half-digging them so far. Update 5/8/12: Moore frustrated the hell out of me for a while. It takes me a while to "find the rhythm" with any deeply idiosyncratic poet, and I had to steep myself for day...
  • Werner
    Mar 07, 2008
    I read this collection back in 2004, and liked it at the time; I was also engaged enough and challenged enough by the poems to take 12 pages of handwritten notes on them, analyzing meanings (actually more than 12 pages --the last one breaks off in mid-sentence and a 13th page is missin...
  • J.A.
    Nov 04, 2010
    Thoroughly read and thoroughly enjoyed; an excellent way to while away National Poetry Month! I had already determined that Marianne Moore would be the favorite poet of a character in my novel-in-progress, so I read this for research in addition to edification. Moore's exquisite poem "...
  • Ruth
    Jun 22, 2010
    My saying I "read" this may be a bit misleading--I had only gotten part-way through the collection (and not reading each and every poem, but going piecemeal throughout, as would be the likely case when perusing a poetry anthology)--but I really like most of them. I'm not always a fan o...
  • Cheryl
    Jan 07, 2017
    BY DISPOSITION OF ANGELS Messengers much like ourselves? Explain it. Steadfastness the darkness makes explicit? Something heard most clearly when not near it? Above particularities, these unparticularities praise cannot violate. One has seen, in such steadiness never deflec...
  • Mark
    Nov 25, 2011
    I feel very stupid in regards to this book. Moore uses, in her own words, a "hybrid method of composition" (262). She uses lots of (unattributed) quotes; takes a sort of sidelong glance at things, be they animals, objects, people or events; refers a lot to animals, especially more ...
  • Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
    Sep 24, 2013
    3.5 stars! Okay so I read this book for school and let me tell you Marianne Moore is tough!!! I've called her a biddy many times over the past month! In fact when you first read her you absolutely LOATHE her. Many many times you stop and think, 'What in the hell is she even talking abo...
  • Moises Sheinberg
    Oct 02, 2017
    Not my cup of tea, although I can understand that her poems are loved by many, they didn't cut it for me ...
  • Gerry LaFemina
    Nov 25, 2011
    I understand a lot of people's criticisms of Moore. I do. The poems can seem "cold" in some way, surely, but these poems are like old fashioned clocks or Rolex watches: precisely made, all their gears and cogs meticulously timed, so that they always work, always catch our eye. These ar...
  • Matthew Wilder
    Mar 04, 2019
    Things?obdurate, prickly, overly available to the eye?and words?endlessly sensuous, sticky, seductive?change places, maybe change ontological categories, in a PERSONA/MULHOLLAND DRIVE/3 WOMEN kinda way. They become coterminous, they co-be. Yet Marianne?s poems attain no more ...
  • Tse Guang
    Jun 13, 2012
    Marianne Moore is a modern force of nature. I was first attracted to her writing by the precise strength of 'An Octopus', where cold observation and quotation somehow form a remarkable synthesis with a fierce love for the outdoors and for words. She tends to frustrate when writing ...
  • Anders
    Apr 01, 2019
    ?Poetry I, too, dislike it. Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one dis- covers in it, after all, a place for the genuine.? * ?The word France means enfranchisement; means one who can 'animate whoever thinks of her.'? from ?Light Is Speech...
  • James
    Dec 28, 2015
    A frustrating read. At one time, Moore was one of the US's best-known poets - now she is largely forgotten. This book clearly shows why both of these statuses occurred. I read this book on the basis of the magnificent "The Steeplejack", a poem of Moore's which I read in an antholog...
  • Peter Croft
    Apr 01, 2015
    Utterly unique and, how often do you hear this to describe a poet, funny. With some of the more abstruse poets I find I move on. Not with Moore, rather I want to know what is going on and keep going back to unlock these mischievous mechanisms of language and meaning. As far as I am fam...
  • R.K. Cowles
    Aug 06, 2016
    3 1/2 stars ...
  • Steven Phelps
    Apr 10, 2014
    Of the Modernist poets I find Moore the most approachable (which in a way makes her a terribly unconventional Modernist). Her later work is more sparse, but still full of the allusions and wit (and nature) and cadence that are her hallmarks. Thoroughly enjoyable. ...
  • Chris Drew
    Jul 25, 2013
    This is great, these poems are great. Moore was simultaneously ahead of her time, completely of her time, and rooted in the most classic sensibilities of poetry. She has a beautiful and massive vocabulary and she left me in the dust with it many times (in a very pleasant way). I wan...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    Oct 12, 2018
    How many of you have even heard of Marianne Moore? I'm genuinely curious on this point because I hadn't until last week. Her relative obscurity (at least here in the UK) is a bit of a shame because she has an important voice in the world of poetry. Her poetry is unusual and it?...
  • Jeff Sch
    Feb 02, 2014
    Marianne Moore is fantastic--as years of criticism and reviews on websites like these attest--but if you really want to get into her you need the Grace Schulman edited The Poems of Marianne Moore. Complete Poems is a good introduction to Moore and an interesting talking point, but lack...
  • Domhnall
    Dec 30, 2017
    I read through much of this collection alongside a biography of Moore, Holding on Upside Down by Linda Leavell, which I have also reviewed. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Leavell makes clear that Marianne Moore achieved great critical skill long before she found her vo...
  • Kathy
    Apr 02, 2019
    I borrowed this kindle format book from my library and must admit that formatting does take away from the reading of her work, best enjoyed from print. It was a good thing to read between books. ...
  • Michael
    Dec 25, 2015
    Attaching astute observations to images cutting in their precision, Marianne Moore's poems exhibit an impressive display of scientific, social, and cultural knowledge. The poet's work seems less interested in eliciting emotion than in stimulating the intellect; neither her poetry's pai...
  • Jennifer
    Jul 18, 2019
    Compact & contemplative. ...
  • João Diniz
    Dec 18, 2017
    In the poem "Poetry" Marianne Moore writes: "[...] we do not admire what we cannot understand: [...]". Thank you for this experience, Marianne. ...
  • Sheri
    Jan 04, 2019
    Just adding this book today. I have it wrapped carefully and stored even more carefully in a place of honor but somehow forgot that I had this book in my collection when I initially included my book inventory. I bought this treasure at the library in Kent, CT. The book was sold to me c...
  • Lauren
    Aug 20, 2019
    Loved it. Quick read and full of goodness on every page. ...