Marianne Moore: Poetry

September 27, 2022


Filed under: Poem Sources — by moore123 @ 6:00 pm

Seeptember 27, 2022

In the first reading diary that Moore kept, she copied out the following passage, probably in early 1916:

 “109 Gold. Fr. diff. pts of view it might be said that he had the greatest respect or the greatest contempt for it. He despised it for he always regarded it as a thing of no importance except in heaps or by the ton .

She is quoting Lord Beaconsfield.: A Study by Georg Brandes, translated by  Mrs. George Sturge, Harper & Brothers, New York, 1881, p. 109. (There is also a Scribner edition of 1880 with the same pagination.) The quotation raises the question: in what way, if any, did this passage contribute to “Poetry?”

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