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'Is it not careless to become too local when there are four hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone.'


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'Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.'


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'Even if you walk exactly the same route each time - as with a sonnet - the events along the route cannot be imagined to be the same from day to day, as the poet's health, sight, his anticipations, moods, fears, thoughts cannot be the same.'


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'If we ask a vague question, such as, 'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer, such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,' or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.''


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'Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value, though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values.'


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'I am grateful for - though I can't keep up with - the flood of articles, theses, and textbooks that mean to share insight concerning the nature of poetry.'


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'Once every five hundred years or so, a summary statement about poetry comes along that we can't imagine ourselves living without.'


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'Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings, to the unknown, and returns us to our rational, structured selves refreshed.'


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'The poet exposes himself to the risk. All that has been said about poetry, all that he has learned about poetry, is only a partial assurance.'


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'That's a wonderful change that's taken place, and so most poetry today is published, if not directly by the person, certainly by the enterprise of the poet himself, working with his friends.'


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'Besides the actual reading in class of many poems, I would suggest you do two things: first, while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it, teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition.'

 

 

 

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