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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Natural Law

If you press a stone with your finger,
Sir Isaac Newton observed,
The finger is also
Pressed by the stone.
But can a woman, pressed by memory's finger,
In the deep night, alone,
Of her softness move
The airy thing
That presses upon her
With the whole weight of love? This
Sir Isaac said nothing of.

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