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“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’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.””
“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.”
“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.”
“I don't expect you'll hear me writing any poems to the greater glory of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.”
Robert Penn Warren
“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
“The few bad poems which occasionally are created during abstinence are of no great interest.”
“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 song of the rose is heard with the nose.”
“A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have.”
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