Born 1887, Marianne Moore wrote with the freedom characteristic of the other Modernist poets, often incorporating quotes from other sources into the text, yet her use of language was always extraordinarily condensed and precise... More >
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Not a mere blowing flame—
A clinking ash, I feel—with shame,
At malendeavor in your service.
But as Jehoshaphat said on that occasion in
Old Testament history,
"The battle is not mine,"
And strategy laid down—in fine
Surrender, may be conquest.