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William F Dougherty William F Dougherty Male, 68, United States (11/2/2012 11:03:00 PM)

“A poet looks at the world somewhat as a man looks at a woman.”
« on: November 02,2012,10: 42: 03 PM » by William F Dougherty



Aphorisms about Poetry

Selections by William F. Dougherty.



Wallace Stevens’ “Adagia” (adages) on poetry appear in Opus Posthumous, edited by Milton J. Bates,
Vintage Books,1957,1959, (184-202) .

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The poet makes silk dresses out of worms.
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Authors are actors; books are theaters.
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Accuracy of observation is equivalent to accuracy of thinking.
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The loss of a language creates confusion and dumbness.
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Usage is everything.
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Poetry is a means of redemption.
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There are two opposites: the poetry of rhetoric and the poetry of experience.
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What we see in the mind is as real to us as what we see by the eye.
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Poetry is a form of melancholia.
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One reads poetry with one’s nerves.
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Sentimentality is a failure of feeling.
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We live in the mind.
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One does not write poetry for any reader but one.
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A poet looks at the world somewhat as a man looks at a woman.
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Poetry is the sum of its attributes.
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Poetry is the scholar’s art.
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The tongue is an eye.
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Poetry is a pheasant disappearing in the bush.
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Poetry is metaphor.
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The poet is the priest of the invisible.
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Thought tends to collect in pools.
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Words are the only melodeon.
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Poetry must resist the intelligence almost successfully.
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A change of style is a change of subject.
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Poetry is the gaiety of language.
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Words are everything else in the world.
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It is easier to copy than to think, hence fashion.
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Poetry is a cure of the mind.
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Poetry is reality and thought and feeling.
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Poetry is a renovation of experience.
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God and the imagination are one.
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The imagination is man’s power over nature.

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  • Lamont Palmer (11/5/2012 9:31:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies

    There are only a few of them that seem a little over the top, or slightly contradictive, (which nearly describes Stevens himself) but largely I find them pretty accurate and definitely thought provoking. Still amazes me how a full-time insurance lawyer could possess such magical thinking. -LP

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    • Lamont Palmer (11/8/2012 3:15:00 PM) Post reply

      Likewise dear. -LP

    • delilah contrapunctal (11/6/2012 3:24:00 AM) Post reply

      Stevens.... unending magic, indeed...he brought me to poetry when I was a child...fully comprehending as little then as now, and completely enthralled with the wonder of his words, his music... gobsma ... more

  • S. A. S. (11/4/2012 10:15:00 PM) Post reply

    Thanks for sharing. I was surprised how many I don't agree with.

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