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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Poet
Nation: American
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For no art and no religion is possible until we make allowances, until we manage to keep quiet the enfant terrible of logic that plays havoc with the other faculties.

Tags: Art, Keep, Religion

Now between the meanings of words and their sounds there is ordinarily no discoverable relation except one of accident; and it is therefore miraculous, to the mystic, when words which make sense can also make a uniform objective structure of accents and rhymes.

Tags: Between, Sense, Words

And how can poetry stand up against its new conditions? Its position is perfectly precarious.

Tags: Against, Poetry, Stand

And yet what is Modernism? It is undefined.

Tags: Modernism, Undefined

But we moderns are impatient and destructive.

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It is a miracle of harmony, of the adaptation of the free inner life to the outward necessity of things.

Tags: Free, Life, Miracle

The arts generally have had to recognize Modernism - how should poetry escape?

Tags: Arts, Escape, Poetry

Their free verse was no form at all, yet it made history.

Tags: Free, History, Verse

Too much is demanded by the critic, attempted by the poet.

Tags: Critic, Demanded, Poet

When critics are waiting to pounce upon poetic style on exactly the same grounds as if it were prose, the poets tremble.

Tags: Critics, Style, Waiting

He can develop sense and style, in the manner of distinguished modern prose, in which event he may be sure that the result will not fall into any objective form.

Tags: May, Sense, Sure

Or he can work it out as a metrical and formal exercise, but he will be disappointed in its content. The New Year's prospect fairly chills his daunting breast.

Tags: Exercise, Work, Year

Till now poets were privileged to insert a certain proportion of nonsense - very far in excess of one-half of one per cent - into their otherwise sober documents.

Tags: Far, Nonsense, Sober

Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.

Tags: Joy, Labor, Reap

Life is a series of steps. Things are done gradually. Once in a while there is a giant step, but most of the time we are taking small, seemingly insignificant steps on the stairway of life.

Tags: Done, Life, Time

Man was created as a being who should constantly keep improving, a being who on reaching one goal sets a higher one.

Tags: Goal, Higher, Keep
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