Moore, Marianne. "The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing".
The speaker celebrates the mind and compares its chants to the forms of exotic animals or to a favourite piece of music. She likens the mind to the play of sun on the wings of a katydid, to the feathers of a kiwi, or to an enchanting dove.
The mind seems to need no eyes to be able to walk and no ears to be able to hear. The mind seem to solve the confusions and inconsistencies of the heart.
- the poem has a visually intrigue stanza pattern, no rhymes, even resembles prose
- sentences run from one stanza to the following (enjambments)
- a poem of natural observation and philosophical contemplation at the same time
- includes beautiful metaphoric descriptions of exotic animals
- conclusion: the mind (in the sense of reason) solves what the heart cannot solve itself
AuthorMoore, Marianne. (1887 - 1972).
Full Title"The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing".
First PublishedIn: Nevertheless. NY: MacMillan, 1944.
Moore, Marianne. "The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing". (1944). In: The Harper American Literature. Ed. Donald McQuade et al. 2nd Compact Edition. NY: Harper & Collins, 1996.