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“For all their compliments do verses pay? They mayn't, yet these same poems make me gay”
“Man may be considered as a superior species of animal that produces philosophies and poems in about the same way a silkworm produces their cocoons and bees their hives”
“I can't understand these chaps who go round American universities explaining how they write poems: It's like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife.”
“The few bad poems which occasionally are created during abstinence are of no great interest.”
““I’ll tell you what’s wrong with you… your heads addled with novels and poems. You come home every evening reeling of Chateau le Tour.””
“These poems, with all their crudities, doubts, and confusions, are written for the love of Man and in praise of God, and I'd be a damn' fool if they weren't.”
“The song of the rose is heard with the nose.”
“The majority of poems one outgrows and outlives, as one outgrows and outlives the majority of human passions. Dante's is one of those that one can only just hope to grow up to at the end of life.”
“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
“You're never going to know who wrote which poem. That's a secret we're going to die with.”
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