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Modern Poetry - Marianne Moore (lecture)
Lecture by Professor Langdon Hammer given as part of Open Yale courses, 'engl 310: Modern Poetry'. Available as audio, video and transcript with handout (.pdf).
The poetry of Marianne Moore is considered alongside its preoccupations with gender, American culture, and nature. The poem "A Grave" is presented as characteristic of the prose rhythms and discursive manner of Moore's poems, including their use of expository language without meter or rhyme. The poem "England" is read as a defense of American culture, in opposition to the Eurocentricism of Eliot, Pound, and other modernists. In the poem "An Octopus," Moore makes use of excerpts from pamphlets and other unusual prose sources to suggest that inspiration is not limited to any one voice or to literary models.
Part of Open Yale courses, 'engl 310: Modern Poetry' https://oyc.yale.edu/english/engl-310