Quotes


A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband


Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers


Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made, scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top


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



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