Quotations About / On: POEM

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation.
    (Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author. "Alcohol," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).)
  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft. You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation.
    (James Fenton (b. 1949), British poet, critic. Ars Poetica, no. 22, Independent on Sunday (London, June 24, 1990).)
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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    A poem is one undivided, unimpeded expression fallen ripe into literature, and it is undividedly and unimpededly received by those for whom it was matured.
    (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. 350, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 47.
    Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "The Poet," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
  • 48.
    I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything. Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants.
    (Howard Nemerov (1920-1991), U.S. poet, novelist, critic. International Herald Tribune (Paris, October 14, 1988).)
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  • 49.
    One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
    (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, bk. 5, ch. 1 (1795-1796), trans. by Thomas Carlyle.)
  • 50.
    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).)
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