Marianne Moore: Poetry

March 4, 2017

Rev. Edwin Henry Kellogg

Filed under: Poem Sources — by moore123 @ 4:40 pm

Princeton Graduation Picture, Class of 19    

Moore’s readers will recognize the name of the pastor of her church who succeeded Dr. George Norcross and of the lecturer in bible studies whom she credits in a footnote.

Edwin H. Kellogg (1880-1965) was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, the son of Rev. Samuel Kellogg, and a graduate of both Princeton College ‘02 and Princeton Seminary ‘06. His early years were spent in Canada and, with his missionary father, in India. After seminary he spent a year in Northern India near Allahabad before being called to the Second Presbyterian Church of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 1910.

To judge by his early educational successes, he must have seemed to his Carlisle parishioners a model of intellect. In college, he won scholarships and prizes in English, oratory, disputation and philosophy and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. When he left Carlisle in 1916, he taught biblical history and literature at Connecticut College for Women and, for several decades, at Skidmore College. Hartford Seminary bestowed upon him a Ph.D.

The notebook Moore used in 1914 while attending Kellogg’s bible study class (Rosenbach VII:08:03) adds considerably to her note to “The Past Is the Present” where Kellogg is confirmed as the source of the lines “Hebrew poetry is prose / with a sort of heightened consciousness.” For discussion of Kellogg and Moore, see Cristanne Miller, Marianne Moore and a Poetry of Hebrew (Protestant) Prophecy,” Sources 12 (Spring 2002): 29-47.






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