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Next to being a great poet, is the power of understanding one
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In the world of poetry there are would-be poets, workshop poets, promising poets, lovesick poets, university poets, and a few real poets.
I don't know if younger poets read a lot of, you know, the poets - the established poets. There was a lot of pretty boring stuff to sort of put up with and to add to, to make something vital from.
Poets treat their experiences shamelessly; they exploit them
Rarest of the real poets are born poets. They are the oddballs, not the professors.
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
T S Eliot
The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.
I'm passing on a tradition of which I am part. There's a long line of poets who went before me, and I'm another one, and I'm hoping to pass that on to other younger, or newer, poets than myself.
If poets were realistic, they wouldn't be poets.
But poets were not considered dangerous and they were advised to exercise self-censorship. At most, poets were requested not to write at all. I took advantage of this negative liberty.
Young poets bewail the passing of love; old poets, the passing of time. There is surprisingly little difference.
Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.
The Language Poets are writing only about language itself. The Ashbery poets are writing only about poetry itself. That seems to me a kind of dead end.
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