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Appellate Jurisdiction

Fragments of sin are a part of me.
New brooms shall sweep clean the heart of me.
      Shall they? Shall they?

When this light life shall have passed away,
God shall redeem me, a castaway.
      Shall He? Shall He?

Credit


“Appellate Jurisdiction” was first published in the May 1915 issue of Poetry magazine.

About this Poem


“Appellate Jurisdiction” by Marianne Moore was published in the May 1915 issue of Poetry along with four other poems.

Author


Marianne Moore

Born in 1887, Marianne Moore wrote with the freedom characteristic of the other Modernist poets, often incorporating quotes from other sources into the text, yet her use of language was always extraordinarily condensed and precise

Date Published: 1915-05-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/appellate-jurisdiction