"I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Marianne Moore on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Marianne Moore on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Marianne Moore on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Marianne Moore on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Marianne Moore on Robert Frost
"Beauty is everlasting And dust is for a time."
"Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads."
"Poetry is all nouns and verbs."
"As contagion of sickness makes sickness, contagion of trust can make trust."