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    poem Quotes

    In truth, I became a conductor because deep down I wanted to conduct Brahmss four symphonies and Richard Strausss tone poems.
    — Zubin Mehta
    tags: truth  poem 
    I am preparing myself for death. When I go to sleep, I try to keep myself smiling. So that when I die, I have a smile on my lips. I want an electric cremation. I don't want any poems or fuss after that. And for heaven's sake, don't bring back my ashes. Flush them down the toilet if the crematorium refuses to keep them. If they tell you that I am dead, I want you to give a big laugh.
    — Zohra Sehgal
    tags: death  sleep  smile  die  poem  heaven  toilet 
    Creativity is essential to any kind of joyful living. Sometimes I act, sometimes I draw, I paint, I write poems. I can't imagine living without it.
    — Zephyr Teachout
    Carol Guess's poems are sexy, intuitive, angry, and hopeful. These lyrical narratives measure the impossibly small distance between love and fear. They are a reminder that we're all vulnerable little vessels filled by the people who can break us.
    — Zachary Schomburg
    tags: fear  people  poem  sexy 
    Natalie Lyalin is writing some of the best poems in the world. There is an evil in her gorgeous poem-hearts. She must have sold her heart to the devil to write like this-so beautiful, so funny and so strange. Her images stack and stack down the page without spilling, each line such a bombshell you'll start reading backward to the first line. These poems are like babies-they will pop out of trees.
    — Zachary Schomburg
    Writing a poem is a lesson in the truest empathy. And to truly have empathy is to truly know power, or at least the only kind of power I'm interested in.
    — Zachary Schomburg
    tags: lessons  power  empathy  writing  poem 
    There are poems inside of you that paper can't handle.
    — YZ
    tags: poem 
    What I desire of a poem is a clear understanding of motive, and a just evaluation of feeling A poem in the first place should offer us a new perception..bringing into being a new experience Verse is more valuable than prose for its rhythms are faster and more highly organised and lead to greater compexity.
    — Yvor Winters
    Gascoigne, Ben Jonson, Greville, Raleigh, Donne,Poets who wrote great poems, one by one,And spaced by many years, each line an actThrough which few labor, which no men retract.This passion is the scholar's heritage
    — Yvor Winters
    tags: men  poem  passion  year 
    Even though we've written epic poems and made incredible films about love, I still don't think anyone can understand what it is, or why it means everything.
    — Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
    tags: film  poem 
    I think of my poems as personal and public at the same time. You could say they serve as psychological overlays. One fits on top of the other, and hopefully there's an ongoing evolution of clarity.
    — Yusef Komunyakaa
    I'm uncomfortable with the focus on the poet and not on the poem.
    — Yusef Komunyakaa
    tags: focus  poem  poet 
    Students often have such a lofty idea of what a poem is, and I want them to realize that their own lives are where the poetry comes from. The most important things are to respect the language; to know the classical rules, even if only to break them; and to be prepared to edit, to revise, to shape.
    — Yusef Komunyakaa
    tags: live  respect  rules  poetry  poem  ideas 
    I like connecting the abstract to the concrete. There's a tension in that. I believe the reader or listener should be able to enter the poem as a participant. So I try to get past resolving poems.
    — Yusef Komunyakaa
    tags: past  believe  poem 
    It took me 14 years to write poems about Vietnam. I had never thought about writing about it, and in a way I had been systematically writing around it.
    — Yusef Komunyakaa
    I want to make a poem of my life.
    — Yukio Mishima
    tags: poem 
    I do not like poems that resemble hay compressed into a geometrically perfect cube. I like it when the hay, unkempt, uncombed, with dry berries mixed in it, thrown together gaily and freely, bounces along atop some truck-and more, if there are some lovely and healthy lasses atop the hay-and better yet if the branches catch at the hay, and some of it tumbles to the road.
    — Yevgeny Yevtushenko
    tags: healthy  poem 
    The reason a poet is a poet is to write poems, not to advertise himself as a poet.
    — Yehuda Amichai
    tags: write  poem  poet 
    I've often said that all poetry is political. This is because real poems deal with a human response to reality and politics is part of reality, history in the making. Even if a poet writes about sitting in a glass house drinking tea, it reflects politics.
    — Yehuda Amichai
    My poems are political in the deeper sense of the word. Political means to live in your time, to be a man of your time.
    — Yehuda Amichai
    tags: time  men  live  political  poem 
    A poetess who had died young of cancer had said in one of her poems that for her, on sleepless nights, 'the night offers toads and black dogs and corpses of the drowned.
    — Yasunari Kawabata
    tags: young  night  dog  poem  black 
    The poet must work with brush and paper,but this is not what makes the poem. A man does not go in search of a poem - the poem comes in search of him.
    — Yang Wanli
    tags: men  work  poem  poet 
    There is nothing we should be quite so grateful for as the last line of the poem that goes, 'When your own heart asks.
    — Yamamoto Tsunetomo
    tags: heart  poem 
    Art is a luxury. It's not necessary for you to - you can work your job and you can make some money and never know who Walt Whitman was, and never read a poem.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    tags: work  job  poem  read  money 
    My horizon on humanity is enlarged by reading the writers of poems, seeing a painting, listening to some music, some opera, which has nothing at all to do with a volatile human condition or struggle or whatever. It enriches me as a human being.
    — Wole Soyinka
    By the age of nine I had a thorough knowledge of contemporary Polish literature as well as of foreign literature in Polish translation, and I began to write poems in honour of a lady of thirty years. Naturally, she knew nothing about them.
    — Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont
    I was intoxicated by the romantic poetry of our great writers. I arranged the world according to my private use, looking at it through the poems I had devoured.
    — Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont
    tags: world  poetry  poem  romantic 
    I usually write for the individual reader -though I would like to have many such readers. There are some poets who write for people assembled in big rooms, so they can live through something collectively. I prefer my reader to take my poem and have a one-on-one relationship with it.
    — Wislawa Szymborska
    I prefer the absurdity of writing poems to the absurdity of not writing poems.
    — Wislawa Szymborska
    tags: writing  poem 
    Sometimes I write quickly, sometimes I spend several weeks on a single poem. I would really love for readers not to be able to guess which of the poems took so much work!
    — Wislawa Szymborska
    tags: write  poem 
    My choices are rejections, since there is no other way, but what I reject is more numerous, denser, more demanding than before. A little poem, a sigh, at the cost of indescribable losses.
    — Wislawa Szymborska
    tags: loss  choice  poem 
    (Songwriting) It's a gift. It all comes from somewhere. I started out really young, when I was four, five, six, writing poems, before I could play an instrument. I was writing about things when I was eight or 10 years old that I hadn't lived long enough to experience.
    — Willie Nelson
    tags: young  experience  gift  writing  poem  year 
    The first time I got onstage was when I was about 5 years old. It was at a church social, and I had a poem to recite.
    — Willie Nelson
    tags: time  church  poem  year 
    A poem is a serious joke, a truth that has learned jujitsu.
    — William Stafford
    tags: truth  poem 
    In designing a house and gardens, it is happy when there is an opportunity of maintaining a subordination of parts; the house so luckily place as to exhibit a view of the whole design. I have sometimes thought that there was room for it to resemble a epic or dramatic poem.
    — William Shenstone
    It is a function of creative men to perceive the relations between thoughts, or things, or forms of expression that may seem utterly different, and to be able to combine them into some new form. Britten's Nocturne, for example, which unifies musically a group of poems by different hands, is a notable example of his power to connect the seemingly unconnected.
    — William Plomer
    As it can be maintained that all the great advances have come from men under forty, so the history of the world shows that a very large proportion of the evils may be traced to the sexagenarians, nearly all the great mistakes politically and socially, all of the worst poems, most of the bad pictures, a majority of the bad novels and not a few of the bad sermons and speeches.
    — William Osler
    tags: evil  men  world  mistakes  bad  speech  novel  poem  majority 
    If a chap can't compose an epic poem while he's weaving tapestry, he had better shut up, he'll never do any good at all.
    — William Morris
    tags: hell  poem 
    For me, the short story is not a character sketch, a mouse trap, an epiphany, a slice of suburban life. It is the flowering of a symbol center. It is a poem grafted onto sturdier stock.
    — William H. Gass
    tags: character  stories  poem  stock 
    The box was a universe, a poem, frozen on the boundaries of human experience.
    — William Gibson
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