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Quotations About / On: POEM

  • 11.
    Strictly speaking, the idea of a scientific poem is probably as nonsensical as that of a poetic science.
    (Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 61 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
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  • 12.
    The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.
    (José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 51, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
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  • 13.
    No race can prosper till it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
    (Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), U.S. educator. address, Sept. 18, 1895, Atlanta Exposition. Up From Slavery (1901).)
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  • 14.
    I have never felt a placard and a poem are in any way similar.
    (Kristin Hunter (b. 1931), African American author. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 6, by Claudia Tate (1983). On why her writing was not directly "political.")
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  • 15.
    There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.
    (Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. Sex, Death and Money, preface (1968).)
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  • 16.
    A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have.
    (Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Adagia," Opus Posthumous (1959).)
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  • 17.
    Every word was once a poem. Every new relation is a new word.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "The Poet," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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  • 18.
    Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child.
    (Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), U.S. poet. Quoted in The Reader's Digest (Pleasantville, New York, February, 1978).)
  • 19.
    The award of a pure gold medal for poetry would flatter the recipient unduly: no poem ever attains such carat purity.
    (Robert Graves (1895-1985), British poet, novelist. Address, January 1960, to the Oxford University Philological Society. "Poetic Gold," Oxford Addresses on Poetry (1962). Graves had been awarded a gold medal for services to poetry by the National Poetry Society of America.)
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  • 20.
    The great poem must have the stamp of greatness as well as its essence.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 403, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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