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He Made This Screen

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.
 

Credit


This poem is in the public domain.

About this Poem


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

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: 2015-04-19

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/he-made-screen