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When modern writers gave up telling stories, they gave up the greatest thing we had.
When I was starting to write, the great influence was T.S. Eliot and after that William Butler Yeats.
We're not in love with Literature all the time - especially when you have to teach it every day.
The spirit world doesn't admit to communicating with me, so it's fairly even.
The nice thing about the Bible is it doesn't give you too many facts. Two an a half lines and it tells you the whole story and that leaves you a great deal of freedom to elaborate on how it might have happened.
The historian is terribly responsible to what he can discern are the facts of the case, but he's nothing if he doesn't make out a case.
Shakespeare tells the same stories over and over in so many guises that it takes a long time before you notice.
Robert Frost had always said you mustn't think of the last line first, or it's only a fake poem, not a real one. I'm inclined to agree.
Once in awhile you have a thought, and you rhyme it.
Occasionally a student writer comes up with something really beautiful and moving, and you won't know for years if it was an accident or the first burst of something wonderful.
Obvious enough that generalities work to protect the mind from the great outdoors; is it possible that this was in fact their first purpose?
Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light, they say, forgetful of the shadow's speed.
Mostly the thought and the verse come inseparably. In my poem Poetics, it's as close as I come to telling how I do it.
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