The banners unfurled by the warden
Up high in the air and sink down; the
Is black as a plume on a casque; my
Like a patch of high light on a flask, makes
A gibbering goblin that bars the way-
So noisy, familiar, and safe by day.
This poem is in the public domain.
About this Poem
“My Lantern” was originally published in The Lantern in 1910.
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: 2017-03-04
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/my-lantern