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The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing

The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing


by Marianne Moore

The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing Theme of Awe and Amazement

Moore celebrates the multifaceted nature of the human mind by writing a mind-blowing, or at least head-scratching, poem. In "The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing," we learn not just that the mind is enchanting, but that it's also limitless, powerful, and totally awesome. Moore's full of nothing but praise for our noggins, so if you're looking to give your big brain a pat on the back, read it this poem, and it'll be sure to beam.

Questions About Awe and Amazement

  1. Moore doesn't use a ton of emotional words in this poem. How can you tell the speaker is in awe of the human mind?
  2. What's all the amazement about anyway? According to the examples in the poem, what is there to be in awe about? Do you agree or disagree with the poem, and why?
  3. Of all the comparisons and examples Moore uses to illustrate the mind, which in your opinion conveys a sense of awe or amazement most effectively?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Moore is so awestruck by the power of the mind that she neglects to talk about its flaws, which would make this poem better.

It's a misreading to say that Moore is amazed by the mind. This poem is just a thorough, impartial study.

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