ars poetica quotes

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The lullaby is the spell whereby the mother attempts to transform herself back from an ogre to a saint.
The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft. You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation.
Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing. It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense of what can and cannot b ...
I strive to be brief but I become obscure.
He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.
Help a man against his will and you do the same as murder him.
The mountains will be in labor and bring forth a ridiculous mouse.
A poem should be equal to:
Not true.

For all the history of grief
An empty doorway and a maple leaf.
A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,
Dumb
As old medallions to the thumb,
A poem should not mean
But be.
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