Marianne Moore: Poetry

March 25, 2013

“Critics and Connoisseurs” and “Certin Ming Products”

Filed under: Poem Sources — by moore123 @ 3:08 pm

There is a great amount of poetry in unconscious

Fastidiousness.  Certain Ming

Products, imperial floor coverings of coach

Wheel yellow . . . .

“Critics and Connoisseurs, ” Others 3:I (July 1916), ll. 1-4.

Critics Ming Dynasty carpet

Ming Dynasty Carpet

These opening lines concerning connoisseurs’ possessions that “are well enough in their way” set up Moore’s contrast with critics, portrayed as a self-defending swan and a frustrated ant. We may never know where Moore saw Ming rugs or yellow coach wheels but we can enjoy images that are probably similar to something she encountered.

Critics Yellow  Wheels

Coach with Yellow Wheels

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