The critical response to marianne moore
Marianne Moore's poetic career crossed seven decades, beginning with her first publication in 1907 and extending until her death in 1972, her last poetic publication having appeared in 1970. Over those many years and since, critical attitudes toward Moore have fluctuated—in response both to changes in Moore's work and to changes in the concerns of hte critics. In its early days, Moore's renown was limited to a small group of readers of the innovative little magazines of the teens and twenties for whom her modernist complexities were exciting. Critical response was thoughtful and largely and quite influentially enthusiastic. As the decades passed, Moore's work became more accessible and her audience expanded.