Quotations About / On: POEM

  • 1.
    Our poems will have failed if our readers are not brought by them beyond the poems.
    (Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), U.S. poet. The Life of Poetry, ch. 5 (1949).)
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  • 2.
    In every good poem everything must be both deliberate and instinctive. That is how the poem becomes ideal.
    (Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 23 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
    More quotations from: Friedrich Von Schlegel, poem
  • 3.
    To declaim freedom verses seems like a poem within a poem; freedom requires guns, it requires arms, but no feet.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1842).)
    More quotations from: Franz Grillparzer, poem, freedom
  • 4.
    Only truthful hands write true poems. I cannot see any basic difference between a handshake and a poem.
    (Paul Celan [Paul Antschel] (1920-1970), Austrian poet. Trans. 1986, Carcanet (1986). Collected Prose, letter to Hans Bender (1961).)
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  • 5.
    Poetry has no goal other than itself; it can have no other, and no poem will be so great, so noble, so truly worthy of the name of poem, than one written uniquely for the pleasure of writing a poem.
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. "New Notes on Edgar Poe," part IV (1859).)
    More quotations from: Charles Baudelaire, poem, poetry
  • 6.
    You can hear a billion echoes in a poem of a few words, out loud.
    (Just a thought)
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  • 7.
    No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers.
    (Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Epistles, bk. 1, epistle 19, l. 2 (22-8 B.C.).)
  • 8.
    The grand style is available now only in old poems, museums, and parodies.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
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  • 9.
    A poem is good until one knows by whom it is.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
    More quotations from: Karl Kraus, poem
  • 10.
    Considered subjectively, philosophy always begins in the middle, like an epic poem.
    (Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 84 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
    More quotations from: Friedrich Von Schlegel, epic, poem
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