Poetry (by Moore)
Poetry (by Moore) Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
The speaker lets readers know that she's been in our shoes. She knows what it's like to be frustrated by poetry. We generally think of a poem's speaker as being similar to the poet's voice, but her...
As we discuss in the "Speaker" section, the speaker is most likely someone who knows and thinks a lot about poetry. This doesn't mean, though, that she embraces poetry wholeheartedly. She knows tha...
The poem has a unique publishing history, due to Moore's many revisions. (See "In a Nutshell" for more on this.) Within the poem itself, the possibility of transformation or change is also a crucia...
Literature and Writing
This theme is pretty self-evident, but we might want to take a moment to consider what exactly the speaker's attitude toward poetry is. When we first look at the title, we might think, "A poem abou...
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