Babette Deutsch

(1895 - 1982)

Babette Deutsch Quotes

  • ''Music proposes. Sound disposes.''
    Babette Deutsch (1895-1982), U.S. poet. "Electronic Concert," line 1 (1969).
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  • ''The poet ... like the lover ... is a person unable to reconcile what he knows with what he feels. His peculiarity is that he is under a certain compulsion to do so.''
    Babette Deutsch (1895-1982), U.S. poet, critic. "Poetry at the Mid-Century," The Writers Book, ed. Helen Hull (1950).
  • ''Poetry is important. No less than science, it seeks a hold upon reality, and the closeness of its approach is the test of its success.''
    Babette Deutsch (1895-1982), U.S. poet. This Modern Poetry, Foreword (1935).

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It Is There

These are the streets where we walked with war and childhood
Like our two shadows behind us, or
Before us like one shadow.
River walks
Threaded by park rats, flanked by battleships,
Flickering of a grey tail on the bank,
Motionless hulls
Enormous under a dead grey sky.
Farther, the harbor and the miscolored waters

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