Marianne Moore Poems

Marianne Moore was an important American poet born in 1887. She passed away in 1972. Her poems express her interest in everyday encounters of people and places as well as art. Animals are one of the most central symbols of her work.

The Fish

by Marianne Moore

‘The Fish’ by Marianne Moore uses imagery and form to objectively describe nature and humanity’s ability to survive and mature in the face of death, destruction, and loss.

'The Fish' by Marianne Moore achieves one of the most difficult feats in poetry: it articulates that which cannot be expressed in words. Marianne Moore is an expert imagist, compressing her meaning, and allowing her listener to decode the meaning from the emotions that each word appeals.


 through black jade.

     Of the crow-blue mussel-shells, one keeps

     adjusting the ash-heaps;

          opening and shutting itself like

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[A] Talisman

by Marianne Moore

Originally published with the title ‘A Talisman’ Marianne Moore’s ‘Talisman’ speaks on themes of discovery, mystery, the sea, and magic. 


by Marianne Moore

‘Poetry’ is one of Marianne Moore’s most celebrated literary achievements. It’s a poem that she was never happy with and

To a Snail

by Marianne Moore

Within ‘To a Snail’ Marianne Moore takes the reader to her own mind as she considers what is and is

What Are Years

by Marianne Moore

‘What Are Years’ by Marianne Moore is a twenty-seven line poem that is contained within one block of text. The

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