Howard Nemerov quotes

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We may suspect that makers of jokes and smart remarks resemble poets at least in this, that they too would be excluded from Plato' ...
I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything. Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants.
Both poet and painter want to reach the silence behind the language, the silence within the language. Both painter and poet want t ...
Religion and science both profess peace (and the sincerity of the professors is not being doubted), but each always turns out to h ...
Obvious enough that generalities work to protect the mind from the great outdoors; is it possible that this was in fact their firs ...
The only way out is the way through, just as you cannot escape from death except by dying. Being unable to write, you must examine ...
For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application--why, th ...
It was a wide and moony grin
Together peaceful and obscene;
The ordinary night was graced
For them by the swift tide of blood
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Valery ... said that prose was walking, poetry dancing. Indeed, the original two terms, prosus and versus meant, respectively, "go ...
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