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Ennui
by Marianne Moore

 

He often expressed

A curious wish,

To be interchangeably

Man and fish;

To nibble the bait

Off the hook,

Said he,

And then slip away

Like a ghost

In the sea.

 

Marianne Moore was born on November 15, 1887, in Kirkwood, Missouri. She emerged in the literary world as part of the Imagist movement; fellow Imagist poet H.D. had Moore's first book published without her knowledge in 1921. Moore died in 1972.

 

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