From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.



by Marianne Moore

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

Moore never really knew her father, John Milton Moore. He had a nervous breakdown just before she was born and was committed to a mental institution in Missouri. A few years later, Marianne's mother, Mary Warner, packed up their things and moved her and her brother to Pennsylvania (source).

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's old house is also located in Cambridge, MA, just like his grave and the Harvard glass flowers.  It's now a popular venue for concerts and poetry readings (source).

Moore was a well-known baseball fanatic, even throwing the first pitch for the Yankees' 1968 season. She often mentions baseball in her poems (source).

In her later years, Moore took to wearing a tricorn hat and cape at public events (source).

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...