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" Dramatic experience is not logical; it may be subdued to the kind of coherence that we indicate when we speak, in criticism, of form. "
" So the poet, who wants to be something that he cannot be, and is a failure in plain life, makes up fictitious versions of his predicament that are interesting even to other persons because nobody is a perfect automobile salesman. "
" Religion is the sole technique for the validating of values. "
" Poets, in their way, are practical men; they are interested in results. "
" At twelve I was determined to shoot only For honor; at twenty not to shoot at all; I know at thirty-three that one must shoot As often as one gets the rare chance - In killing there is more than commentary. "
" But in our age the appeal to authority is weak, and I am of my age. "
" How does one happen to write a poem: where does it come from? That is the question asked by the psychologists or the geneticists of poetry. "
" I believe the term modulation denotes in music the uninterrupted shift from one key to another: I do not know the term for change of rhythm without change of measure. "
" According to its doctors, my one intransigent desire is to have been a Confederate general, and because I could not or would not become anything else, I set up for poet and beg an to invent fictions about the personal ambitions that my society has no use for. "
" A poem may be an instance of morality, of social conditions, of psychological history; it may instance all its qualities, but never one of them alone, nor any two or three; never less than all. "
" In a manner of speaking, the poem is its own knower, neither poet nor reader knowing anything that the poem says apart from the words of the poem. "
" Genetic theories, I gather, have been cherished academically with detachment. "
" The mission for the day is to encourage students to think beyond traditional career opportunities, prepare for future careers and entrance into the workplace. "
" I am not ridiculing verbal mechanisms, dreams, or repressions as origins of poetry; all three of them and more besides may have a great deal to do with it. "
" We know the particular poem, not what it says that we can restate. "
" Men expect too much, do too little. "
" Narcissism and the Confederate dead cannot be connected logically, or even historically; even were the connection an historical fact, they would not stand connected as art, for no one experiences raw history. "
" The Spring I seek is in a new face only. "
" Other psychological theories say a good deal about compensation. "
" The only real evidence that any critic may bring before his gaze is the finished poem. "
" For some reason most critics have a hard time fixing their minds directly under their noses, and before they see the object that is there they use a telescope upon the horizon to see where it came from. "
" What is the poem, after it is written? That is the question. Not where it came from or why. "
" Serious poetry deals with the fundamental conflicts that cannot be logically resolved: we can state the conflicts rationally, but reason does not relieve us of them. "
" Experience means conflict, our natures being what they are, and conflict means drama. "
" The innocent mansion of a panther's heart! "