„If, in the middle of World War II, a general could be writing a poem, then maybe I was not so irrelevant after all. Maybe the general was doing more for victory by writing a poem than he would be by commanding an army. At least, he might be doing less harm.“
Acceptance speech for the 1970 National Medal for Literature, New York, New York (2 December 1970)
Контексте: If, in the middle of World War II, a general could be writing a poem, then maybe I was not so irrelevant after all. Maybe the general was doing more for victory by writing a poem than he would be by commanding an army. At least, he might be doing less harm. By applying the same logic to my own condition, I decided that I might be relevant in what I called a negative way. I have clung to this concept ever since — negative relevance. In moments of vain-glory I even entertain the possibility that if my concept were more widely accepted, the world might be a better place to live in. There are a lot of people who would make better citizens if they were content to be just negatively relevant.
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
Life of Schiller.
1820s, Critical and Miscellaneous Essays (1827–1855)
— Wisława Szymborska Polish writer 1923 - 2012
Источник: Nothing Twice: Selected Poems
— Stéphane Mallarmé French Symbolist poet 1842 - 1898
Ce n'est pas avec des idées qu'on fait des vers, c'est avec des mots.
A remark reported in Psychologie de l'art (1927) by Henri Delacroix, p. 93; as translated in Literary Impressionism (1973), Maria Elisabeth Kronegger, p. 77.
— Randall Jarrell poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965
“Recent Poetry”, p. 227
Kipling, Auden & Co: Essays and Reviews 1935-1964 (1980)
„When a poet is being a poet — that is, when he is writing or thinking about writing — he cannot be concerned with anything but the making of a poem.“
— Richard Wilbur American poet 1921 - 2017
National Book Award Acceptance Speech (1957)
Контексте: When a poet is being a poet — that is, when he is writing or thinking about writing — he cannot be concerned with anything but the making of a poem. If the poem is to turn out well, the poet cannot have thought of whether it will be saleable, or of what its effect on the world should be; he cannot think of whether it will bring him honor, or advance a cause, or comfort someone in sorrow. All such considerations, whether silly or generous, would be merely intrusive; for, psychologically speaking, the end of writing is the poem itself.
„Maybe you're one of those people who writes poems, but rarely reads them. Let me put this as delicately as I can: If you don't read, your writing is going to suck.“
— Kim Addonizio Poet, novelist 1954
Источник: Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within
„I know that any discussion of the relation of this poem to its historical materials is, in one perspective, irrelevant to its value; and it could be totally accurate as history and still not worth a dime as a poem. I am trying to write a poem, not a history, and therefore have no compunction about tampering with non-essential facts. But poetry is more than fantasy and is committed to the obligation of trying to say something, however obliquely, about the human condition. Therefore, a poem dealing with history is no more at liberty to violate what the writer takes to be the spirit of his history than it is at liberty to violate what he takes to be the nature of the human heart. What he takes those things to be is, of course, his ultimate gamble.“
— Robert Penn Warren American poet, novelist, and literary critic 1905 - 1989
Foreword, Brother to Dragons: A Tale in Verse and Voices — A New Version (1979)
„Emerson writes in his Journal that all men try their hands at poetry, but few know which their poems are. The poets are not those who write poems, but those who know which of the things they write are poems.“
— Carl Andre American artist 1935
Quote from a 1962 essay by Andre; as quoted in ' Objects Are What We Aren't' https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2015/02/26/objects-are-what-we-arent/, by Andy Battaglia; The Parish Review, February 26, 2015
— Sylvia Plath American poet, novelist and short story writer 1932 - 1963
Источник: The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
„The beautiful feeling after writing a poem is on the whole better even than after sex, and that's saying a lot.“
— Anne Sexton poet from the United States 1928 - 1974
„He who would not be frustrate of his hope to write well hereafter in laudable things ought himself to be a true poem.“
— John Milton English epic poet 1608 - 1674
Apology for Smectymnuus (1642)
— John Fowles, книга The French Lieutenant's Woman
Источник: The French Lieutenant's Woman
„I feel more alive when I'm writing than I do at any other time--except maybe when I'm making love.“
— May Sarton American poet, novelist, and memoirist 1912 - 1995
„Maybe it wasn’t anything remotely to do with religion, mysticism or metaphilosophy after all; maybe it was more banal; maybe it was just…accounting.“
— Iain Banks, Culture series
Источник: Culture series, Excession (1996), Chapter 11 “Regarding Gravious” section VI (p. 364).