Themes in Poetry
Language as a means of delivering physical feeling: Moore’s speaker claims that language and form in poetry can truly produce a physical reaction or response in readers. This ability for physical, rather than intellectual, stimulation, is the real power of poetry.
The Despotism of Poetry Scholars: Moore sets up two sides of poetry: the poetry critics who pursue the “high-minded interpretation” and others who physically feel a “genuine” response to poetry. Throughout the poem, Moore argues that physical responses to poetry are more important than intellectual ones.
Themes Examples in Poetry:
"the raw material of poetry in all its rawness, and that which is on the other hand, genuine..." See in text (Poetry)
" Hands that can grasp, eyes that can dilate, hair that can rise..." See in text (Poetry)