Marianne Moore: ‘Transcendence, Conditional’
Dürer would have seen a reason for living in a town like this,
contains two unobtrusive, though vertiginous, double meanings. That Dürer should find a reason for living in a town like this while at the same time finding, in a town like this, a reason for living, uncovers in a single phrase the urgent within the relaxed, the momentous within the everyday. That he should ‘see’ the reason, travels from sight to insight — it is relevant that Dürer was a painter — from literal seeing to figurative.
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- 8.See Bonnie Costello, Marianne Moore: Imaginary Possessions (Cambridge, Mass., 1981) pp. 195–6.Google Scholar