“No good poem, however confessional it may be, is just a self-expression. Who on earth would claim that the pearl expresses the oyster?”
C. Day Lewis
“Warm summer sun, shine kindly here. Warm southern wind, blow softly here. Green sod above, lie light, lie light. Good night, dear Heart, Good night, good night.”
“I wanted to write a poemthat you would understand.For what good is it to meif you can't understand it?”
William Carlos Williams
“A poet who has not produced a good poem before he is twenty-five, we may conclude cannot, and never will do so.”
“The few bad poems which occasionally are created during abstinence are of no great interest.”
“The only gift is a portion of thyself. . . the poet brings his poem; the shepherd his lamb. . .”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.”
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