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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on death, friendship, loneliness, men, poets, and women

We poets would die of loneliness but for women, and we choose our men friends that we may have somebody to talk about women with. Letter to Olivia Shakespeare, 1936

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Letters of W. B. Yeats Letter to Olivia Shakespeare, 1936

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on poets

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see T. S. Eliot, 'Yeats the Poet' and W. H. Auden, 'Yeats the Poet'

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on limits, poetry, and poets

If a poet interprets a poem of his own he limits its suggestibility.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Letters of W. B. Yeats

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on learning, poets, and trade

Irish poets, learn your trade, Sing whatever is well made.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, under ben bulben, V

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on belief, life, poets, and wishes

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)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on hope and poets

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A poet's hope: to be, like some valley cheese, local, but prized elsewhere.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

Source: Collected Poems

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on art, culture, facts, money, poets, and writing

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.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on acceptance, belief, poetry, and poets

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.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Walt Whitman on country, poets, and proof

The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

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A Quote by Walt Whitman on audiences and poets

To have great poets, there must be great audiences.

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

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