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Poetry
By Marianne Moore

I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all
…………….this fiddle.
….Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one
…………….discovers in

….it after all, a place for the genuine.
……..
Hands that can grasp, eyes
……..that can dilate, hair that can rise
…………if it must, these things are important not because a

high-sounding interpretation can be put upon them but because
…………….they are
….useful.  When they become so derivative as to become
…………….unintelligible,

….the same thing may be said for all of us, that we
……..do not admire what
……..we cannot understand: the bat
…………holding on upside down or in quest of something to

eat, elephants pushing, a wild horse taking a roll, a tireless
…………….wolf under a tree, the immovable critic twitching his skin
…………….like a horse that feels a flea, the base-
ball fan, the statistician

….nor is it valid
……..to discriminate against ‘business documents and

school-books’; All these phenomena are important.  One must
…………….make a distinction
….however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the
…………….result is not poetry,
….nor till the poets among us can be
……..‘literalists of
……..the imagination’ —above
…………insolence and triviality and can present

for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall
…………….we have
….it.  In the meantime, if you demand on the one hand,
….the raw material of poetry in
……..all its rawness and
……..that which is on the other hand
…………genuine, then you are interested in poetry.

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