Leonard Diepeveen

Leonard Diepeveen: On "Moore's Use of Quotation in "Marriage" and "An Octopus""

In a longer poem with many different quotations from different sources (and different types of sources), such as Moore’s "Marriage," it is difficult to find the central voice and its strategies:

"Married people often look that way"—

"seldom and cold, up and down, 

mixed and malarial 

with a good day and a bad."

"When do we feed?"

We occidentals are so unemotional, 

we quarrel as we feed; 

self lost, the irony preserved 

in "the Ahasuerus tête-à-tête banquet, 

From Changing Voices: The Modern Quoting Poem. Copyright © 1993 by the University of Michigan Press.