Although her poems sometimes honored people, places and events most often they dealt with tragic and untimely death. They were always horribly sentimental. One reviewer commenting on Moore's maudlin and overly emotional verse thought that "to meet such steady and unremitting demands on the tear ducts a person should instead be equipped with a water main."
The other singular quality of Mrs. Moore's poetry was its laugh out loud, unintentional humor. No matter how hard the Michigan poet tried to write serious verse it nearly always turned out funny. Mark Twain counted her as his favorite poet because she made him laugh and Twain modeled the character Emmeline Grangerford in Huckleberry Finn after the Michigan poet. Stephen Leacock, in his 1938 book, Humor and Humanity: An Introduction to the Study of Humor, called Julia Moore America's "greatest super-comic poet."