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What are your favourite poems?
The Raven by E. A. Poe
In a previous post, I mentioned that Szymborska's poems are a good deal more than Marianne Moore's. That doesn't in anyway mean that hers' is a lesser body (of work). She has a way with words, her metaphors are razor-sharp and unique. In lines such as:
"the mind feels its way as though blind, walks along with its eyes on the ground" and "It has memory's ear that can hear without having to hear" shows the aptness of metaphor and in these:
"efforts of affection­ attain integration too tough for infraction." shows serious wordsmithery.

Here's a short and sweet poem (with a catchy ending):

The Past is Present

If external action is effete
  and rhyme is outmoded,
       I shall revert to you,
    Habakkuk, as when in a Bible class
          the teacher was speaking of unrhymed verse.
 He said - and I think I repeat his exact words­
          "Hebrew poetry is prose
     with a sort of heightened consciousness." Ecstasy affords
         the occasion and expediency determines the form.

- Marianne Moore

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