Thom Gunn's Quotes
Biography of Thom Gunn
When I was an undergraduate I had very badly annotated editions of Shakespeare's sonnets, all of which left out the important fact that will has a sexual sense in Shakespeare's sonnets.Tags: Fact, Left, Sense
While I don't satisfy my curiosity about the way I work, I'm terribly curious about the way other poets work. But I would think that's true about many of us.Tags: True, While, Work
I had assumed that I would age with all my friends growing old around me, dying off very gradually one by one. And here was a plague that cut them off so early.Tags: Age, Friends, Old
There have been two popular subjects for poetry in the last few decades: the Vietnam War and AIDS, about both of which almost all of us have felt deeply.Tags: Last, Poetry, War
As humans we look at things and think about what we've looked at. We treasure it in a kind of private art gallery.Tags: Art, Private, Treasure
Deep feeling doesn't make for good poetry. A way with language would be a bit of help.Tags: Good, Help, Poetry
Ginsberg's Collected Poems contains a wonderful poem about making it with Neal Cassady.Tags: Making, Poem, Wonderful
I don't know how to sit outside myself and test against a hypothetical self who stayed home.Tags: Against, Home, Self
I think most men, heterosexual and homosexual, enjoy being considered sexual objects.Tags: Enjoy, Men, Sexual
I work best in rhyme and meter. I was most confident of myself in that way.Tags: Best, Confident, Work
My old teacher's definition of poetry is an attempt to understand.Tags: Poetry, Teacher, Understand
I admired what my students were writing, but I think their improvement doesn't directly result from me but from being in a class, being with each other.Tags: Result, Students, Writing
I deliberately decided to write a kind of guide to leather bars for straight people, for people not into leather, so that people could see what it was all about.Tags: Decided, Straight, Write
I deliberately wrote a poem in my last book where I was suggesting that there are other passions as great as or more important than the passion of sex.Tags: Book, Great, Sex
I notice that students, particularly for gay students, it's too easy to write about my last trick or something. It's not very interesting to the reader.Tags: Easy, Gay, Write
I try not to observe myself in the process of composing a poem because I don't want to come up with a formula, which I would then be unscrupulous in using.Tags: Process, Try, Using
I was at a benefit for some imprisoned students in the '60s at San Francisco State, and there were lots of poets reading for the benefit: one was Elizabeth Bishop.Tags: Reading, State, Students
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It was difficult being a teacher and out of the closet in the '50s. By the time I retired, the English department was proud of having a gay poet of a certain minor fame. It was a very satisfactory change!Tags: Change, Teacher, Time
We learned in the university to consider Wordsworth and Keats as Romantics. They were only a generation apart, but Wordsworth didn't even read Keats's book when he gave him a copy.Tags: Book, Him, Learned
When I first started teaching at Berkeley in 1958, I could not announce that I was gay to anybody, though probably quite a few of my fellow teachers knew.Tags: Few, Gay, Started