Marianne Moore: ‘Transcendence, Conditional’

  • Michael Edwards

Abstract

The first line-and-a-bit in Marianne Moore’s Complete Poems:

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.

Keywords

Mane Egypt Willow Metaphor Verse 

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Notes

  1. 8.
    See Bonnie Costello, Marianne Moore: Imaginary Possessions (Cambridge, Mass., 1981) pp. 195–6.Google Scholar

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© Michael Edwards 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Edwards
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WarwickUK

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