Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO DISRAELI ON CONSERVATISM, by MARIANNE MOORE

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TO DISRAELI ON CONSERVATISM, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: You brilliant jew, / you bright particular chameleon, you
Last Line: Sound sense is contraband.
Variant Title(s): To A Strategist
Subject(s): Disraeli, Benjamin (1804-1881)

YOU brilliant Jew,
You bright particular chameleon, you
Regild a shabby fence.

They understood
Your stripes and particolored mind, who could
Begrudge you prominence

And call you cold!
But when has prejudice been glad to hold
A lizard in its hand—

A subtle thing?
To sense fed on a fine imagining,
Sound sense is contraband.

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