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“So he who strongly feels, behaves”: Marianne Moore’s ethical detail

Herd, David (2017) “So he who strongly feels, behaves”: Marianne Moore’s ethical detail. Twentieth-Century Literature, 63 (4). pp. 475-498. ISSN 0041-462X. E-ISSN 2325-8101. (KAR id:62329)

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In August 1943, Marianne Moore delivered a lecture at the then displaced annual international symposium Entretiens de Pontigny. Hosted at Mount Holyoke College and convened by the exiled French philosopher Jean Wahl, "Pontigny-en-Amérique" was a highly charged occasion at which the relation of intellectual life to global political crisis was unavoidably at issue. Moore's contribution to the proceedings, "Feeling and Precision,"proved a defining statement of her compositional principles. Situating Moore's statement in relation to the inquiry Wahl set out to develop through the symposium, this essay uses the terms established in "Feeling and Precision" to recalibrate the ethical turn Moore's poetry took during and after the Second World War. Drawing on the lecture's emphasis on the "compulsion to unbearable accuracy," the essay traces the transition from the commitment to "fastidiousness" that characterized her early poetry, to the conscious detail, ethics, Jean Wahl, Pontigny, witness. development of a capacity for witness that became her postwar concern.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: David Herd
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2017 08:19 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 04:08 UTC
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