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He Made This Screen

About this Poem 

“He Made This Screen” was published in Moore’s book Poems (The Egoist Press, 1921).

He Made This Screen

Marianne Moore, 1887 - 1972

not of silver nor of coral,
but of weatherbeaten laurel.

Here, he introduced a sea
uniform like tapestry;

here, a fig-tree; there, a face;
there, a dragon circling space—

designating here, a bower;
there, a pointed passion-flower.
 

This poem is in the public domain.

This poem is in the public domain.