Moore, Marianne. "The Past Is the Present".
The speaker reacts on the claim of a minor Old Testament prophet who says that the rhyme as well as "external action" in poetry are old-fashioned. She says that she will follow his words as well as the words of "XY" (meaning her Bible teacher) who claims: "Hebrew poetry is prose with a sort of heightened consciousness". It should be "ecstasy" to determine the "occasion" of the poem and it should be "expedience" (propriety and usefulness) to determine its form.
- the poem has a visually intrigue stanza pattern, no rhymes, even resembles prose
- refuses the conventional idea of rhymed poetry, also refuses narrative poetry
- the title may suggest that the speaker wishes to use an advice from "the past" in her "present"
AuthorMoore, Marianne. (1887 - 1972).
Full Title"The Past Is the Present".
First PublishedIn: Observations. NY: The Dial Press, 1924.
Moore, Marianne. "The Past Is the Present". (1924). In: The Harper American Literature. Ed. Donald McQuade et al. 2nd Compact Edition. NY: Harper & Collins, 1996.