No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted.
W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)
Contributed by: Zaady
Earth, receive an honored guest; William Yeats is laid to rest. Let the Irish vessel lie Emptied of its poetry.
A poet's hope: to be, like some valley cheese, local, but prized elsewhere.
Source: Collected Poems
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.
I cannot accept the doctrine that in poetry there is a "suspension of belief." A poet must never make a statement simply because it is sounds poetically exciting; he must also believe it to be true.
In the end, art is small beer. The really serious things are earning one's living so as not to be a parasite and loving one's neighbor.
Those who will not reason, perish in the act. Those who will not act, perish for that reason.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
. . . see without looking, . . . hear without seeing, . . . breathe without asking.
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