Republicanism and Leisure in Marianne Moore's Depression

  title={Republicanism and Leisure in Marianne Moore's Depression},
  author={L. Carson},
  journal={MLQ: Modern Language Quarterly},
  pages={315 - 342}
  • L. Carson
  • Published 2002
  • Sociology
  • MLQ: Modern Language Quarterly
While most writers and intellectuals in the early years of the Depression felt, as Kenneth Burke put it in 1935, “that our traditional ways were headed for a tremendous change, maybe even a permanent collapse,” there is little to suggest that Marianne Moore considered the Depression to have posed any fundamental challenge to the task of poetry.1 Responding in that year to Ezra Pound’s recommendation that she reflect more on economics, Moore replied: “I give strict attention to anything that is… Expand
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