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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"


  • Author

    Moore, Marianne. (1887 - 1972).
  • Full Title

    "The Past Is the Present".
  • First Published

    In: Observations. NY: The Dial Press, 1924.
  • Form


Works Cited

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.


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