Arts and Entertainment

Ennui by Marianne Moore |

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.


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Read the Oct 19
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates