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I'm not, by nature, a collaborator. My biggest influences were people like painters and poets. These are solitary workers


I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again


I wanted to be successful, not famous


I think it better that in times like these a poets mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right


I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.


I have no interest in Shakespeare and all that British nonsense... I just wanted to get famous and all the rest is hogwash


Good poetry seems too simple and natural a thing that when we meet it we wonder that all men are not always poets. Poetry is nothing but healthy speech


Frost is the most sophisticated of poets


Example moves the world more than doctrine. The great exemplars are the poets of action, and it makes little difference whether they be forces for good or forces for evil


Do not commit your poems to pages alone, sing them I pray you

Virgil


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