Marianne Moore

Standard Name: Moore, Marianne
Birth Name: Marianne Craig Moore
MM was a pivotal figure in US poetry of the twentieth century. A recent editor has written that no major poet is cherished more and known less from that period in America.
Moore, Marianne. “Introduction”. The Poems of Marianne Moore, edited by Grace Schulman, Faber, 2003, p. xix - xxx.
As well as poetry, MM wrote translations, essays, criticism, and personal letters. She had an influential period as editor of the modernist journal the Dial. Her poems are characterised by precise, irregular, unrhymed verse forms and minutely detailed observation, often of semi-mythical animals used as ways of talking about the human condition. Always reluctant to let her work go out of her hands, and often self-deprecating about it, she published few books and let much of her poetry remain in periodicals.
Black and white photograph of Marianne Moore, standing against a bookshelf. Her grey hair is in a plait round her head; she wears a large dark jacket over a grey suit, collared shirt, and bow-tie.
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Cultural formation Bryher
From an early age, she fostered relationships with such innovative contemporaries as H. D. , Dorothy Richardson , Sylvia Beach , and Marianne Moore . In her life writings, Bryher places most importance on her...
Education H. D.
H. D. attended Bryn Mawr College in BrynMawr, Pennsylvania, for a year. One of her classmates was the poet Marianne Moore .
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
Family and Intimate relationships H. D.
The two quickly began a romantic relationship that would be on and off again for ten years despite the disapproval of HD's father. Pound proposed for the first time in 1905 and was accepted. This...
Friends, Associates Harriet Shaw Weaver
HSW and Bryher were good friends who collaborated on publication projects (Marianne Moore 's Poems, H. D. 's Hymen, and others) and travelled together.
Lidderdale, Jane, and Mary Nicholson. Dear Miss Weaver. Viking, 1970.
177, 244-6, 465
Friends, Associates Ruth Pitter
RP knew T. S. Eliot well enough to enjoy a courtly encounter with him at a bus stop, but she felt his great innovations had not necessarily been a good thing for English poetry, and...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Bishop
In her junior year at college EB interviewed T. S. Eliot , who was in town to deliver the Norton Lectures. A year later she met Marianne Moore .
Marshall, Megan. Elizabeth Bishop. A Miracle for Breakfast. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
Friends, Associates Dorothy Richardson
Throughout the late 1910s and 1920s, DR 's other friends and acquaintances included Violet Hunt , May Sinclair , Marianne Moore , C. A. Dawson-Scott , Catherine Carswell , and Sinclair Lewis .
Richardson, Dorothy. Windows on Modernism: Selected Letters of Dorothy Richardson. Fromm, Gloria G.Editor , University of Georgia Press, 1995.
39, 107, 138, 141, 170, 284
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Bishop
Important among EB 's friendships were those with Marianne Moore (whom she met in March 1934 while she was still at college and learned a lot from in her early years in New York, but...
Friends, Associates H. D.
In addition to Pound and her classmate Marianne Moore , HD's friends from her teenage years in Pennsylvania included another poet, William Carlos Williams .
Robinson, Janice S. H.D.: The Life and Work of an American Poet. Houghton Mifflin, 1982.
Friends, Associates H. D.
After her move to England, Ezra Pound introduced HD to his circle of friends, many of whom were important figures in the modernist movement. They included W. B. Yeats , T. S. Eliot ,...
Friends, Associates Edith Sitwell
During her first visit to the USA, ES met Charlie Chaplin , Greta Garbo , and Marianne Moore . A press party at the Gotham Book Mart in New York was attended by ES ...
Friends, Associates H. D.
In Chicago on her US visit of 1920-1, HD met with Harriet Monroe . In New York she renewed her acquaintance with friends from her early days in Pennsylvania: Marianne Moore and William Carlos Williams
Friends, Associates Bryher
Bryher read and was highly enthusiastic about Marianne Moore 's poetry, which H. D. had recommended to her. In 1921, following their meeting in the United States, Bryher arranged and paid for the publication...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Daryush
In 1969 the poet Roy Fuller , about to lecture on syllabics at Oxford and planning to centre his remarks on Marianne Moore , discovered just in time how important ED 's experiments were in...
Intertextuality and Influence Maria Edgeworth
Marianne Moore later dramatised this work.


Scofield Thayer began editing The Dial, a monthly magazine published in New York.
Early 1936
The Faber Book of Modern Verse, edited by Michael Roberts (who was put forward for this task by T. S. Eliot ), set out to define the modern movement, not just chronologically but according...