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    Neither our vices nor our virtues further the poem.
    — William Dunbar
    tags: virtue  poem 
     
    There is no comment on pictures but pictures, on music but music, on poems but poetry. If you do, you do. If you don't, you don't. And that's all there is to that.
    — William Carlos Williams
    tags: music  poetry  poem 
     
    A poem is a small machine made out of words.
    — William Carlos Williams
    tags: poem  machine 
     
    The poem springs from the half spoken words of the patient.... When asked, how I have for so many years continued an equal interest in medicine and the poem, I reply that they amount for me to nearly the same thing.
    — William Carlos Williams
    tags: medicine  poem  year 
     
    My first poem was a bolt from the blue " it broke a spell of disillusion and suicidal despondence. ... it filled me with soul satisfying joy.
    — William Carlos Williams
    tags: joy  soul  poem 
     
    It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.
    — William Carlos Williams
    tags: men  die  poem 
     
    The poem is a capsule where we wrap up our punishable secrets.
    — William Carlos Williams
    tags: secret  poem 
     
    The art of the poem nowadays is something unstable; but at least the construction of the poem should make sense; you should know where you stand. Many questions haven't been answered as yet. Our poets may be wrong; but what can any of us do with his talent but try to develop his vision, so that through frequent failures we may learn better what we have missed in the past.
    — William Carlos Williams
    A poem is a small machine made of words. . .Its movement is intrinsic, undulant, a physical more than a literary character.
    — William Carlos Williams
    tags: character  poem  machine 
     
    A poem is this:/A nuance of sound/delicately operating/upon a cataract of sense/...the particulars/of a song waking/upon a bed of sound.
    — William Carlos Williams
    tags: song  poem 
     
    If it ain't a pleasure, it ain't a poem.
    — William Carlos Williams
    tags: pleasure  poem 
     
    A poem is a small machine made of words.
    — William Carlos Williams
    tags: poem  machine 
     
    There's nothing sentimental about a machine, and: A poem is a small (or large) machine made of words.
    — William Carlos Williams
    tags: poem  machine 
     
    The few bad poems which occasionally are created during abstinence are of no great interest.
    — Wilhelm Reich
    tags: bad  poem 
     
    A Poem does not grow by jerks. As trees in Spring produce a new ring of tissue, so does every poet put forth a fresh outlay of stuff at the same season.
    — Wilfred Owen
    tags: poem  poet 
     
    I find purer philosophy in a Poem than in a Conclusion of Geometry, a chemical analysis, or a physical law
    — Wilfred Owen
    tags: law  philosophy  poem 
     
    I'm trying to find these rare moments where you feel completely illuminated. Facts never illuminate you. The phone directory of Manhattan doesn't illuminate you, although it has factually correct entries, millions of them. But these rare moments of illumination that you find when you read a great poem, you instantly know. You instantly feel this spark of illumination. You are almost stepping outside of yourself and you see something sublime.
    — Werner Herzog
    tags: moment  facts  poem  read 
     
    I've said what I'm prepared to say in my poems, and then journalists think that you're going to tell them a whole lot more.
    — Wendy Cope
    tags: poem 
     
    I always tell students that writing a poem and publishing it are two quite separate things, and you should write what you have to write, and if you're afraid it's going to upset someone, don't publish it.
    — Wendy Cope
    tags: writing  write  poem  afraid 
     
    The interesting thing is that you don't often meet a poet who doesn't have a sense of humour, and some of them do keep it out of their poems because they're afraid of being seen as light versifiers.
    — Wendy Cope
    tags: humour  poem  poet  afraid 
     
    When a poem doesn't work, the first question to ask yourself is, 'Am I telling the truth?'
    — Wendy Cope
    tags: work  questions  poem 
     
    The form of a poem is invisible. A poem is not an "object." This is hard to accept in a mechanical age.
    — Wendell Berry
    tags: age  poem 
     
    The poem is important, but not more than the people whose survival it serves.
    — Wendell Berry
    tags: people  survival  poem 
     
    As if channeling Robbe-Grillet, who strove to establish 'new relations between man and the world,' Sesshu Foster's electrifying prose poems tenderly examine then fiercely weave stark-and-broken realities into luminous dream-like narratives on the game of life.
    — Wanda Coleman
    tags: men  reality  world  poem  games 
     
    If a faultless poem could be produced, I am satisfied it would tire the critics themselves; and annoy the whole reading world with the spleen.
    — Walter Scott
    tags: world  reading  poem  annoy 
     
    A landscape painting in which composition is ignored is like a line taken from a poem at random: it lacks context, and may or may not make sense.
    — Walter J. Phillips
    tags: poem  painting 
     
    I keep threatening to keep a formal journal, but whenever I start one it instantly becomes an exercise in self-consciousness. Instead of a journal I manage to have dozens of notebooks with bits and pieces of stories, poems, and notes. Almost every thing I do has its beginning in a notebook of some sort, usually written on a bus or train.
    — Walter Dean Myers
    tags: stories  poem  exercise 
     
    For what is the program of the bourgeois parties? A bad poem on springtime, filled to bursting with metaphors.
    — Walter Benjamin
    tags: bad  metaphor  poem 
     
    No poem is intended for the reader, no picture for the beholder, no symphony for the listener.
    — Walter Benjamin
    tags: poem 
     
    Each delicately and fiercely imaged poem is a tribute to perseverence and survival and a lesson for us all.
    — Walter Bargen
    tags: lessons  survival  poem 
     
    It is not everyday that the world arranges itself into a poem.
    — Wallace Stevens
    tags: world  poem 
     
    The poem must resist the intelligence almost successfully.
    — Wallace Stevens
    tags: intelligence  poem 
     
    A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have.
    — Wallace Stevens
    tags: nature  meaning  poem 
     
    To name an object is to deprive a poem of three-fourths of its pleasure, which consists in a little-by-little guessing game; the ideal is to suggest.
    — Wallace Stevens
    tags: pleasure  poem 
     
    The reading of a poem should be an experience. Its writing must be all the more so.
    — Wallace Stevens
    The great poems of heaven and hell have been written and the great poem of earth remains to be written.
    — Wallace Stevens
    tags: earth  hell  poem  heaven 
     
    The mind is the great poem of winter, the man,Who, to find what will suffice,Destroys romantic tenementsOf rose and ice.
    — Wallace Stevens
    tags: winter  mind  poem  romantic 
     
    You know that the nucleus of a time is notThe poet but the poem, the growth of the mindOf the world, the heroic effort to live expressedAs victory. The poet does not speak in ruinsNor stand there making orotund consolations.He shares the confusions of intelligence.
    — Wallace Stevens
    Most poets who have little or nothing to say are concerned primarily with the way in which they say it ... if it is true that the style of a poem and the poem itself are one, ... it may be ... that the poets who have little or nothing to say are, or will be, the poets that matter.
    — Wallace Stevens
    tags: true  poem  poet 
     
    If poets often commit suicide, it is not because their poems are bad but because they are good. Whoever heard of a bad poet committing suicide? The reader is only a little better off. The exhilaration of a good poem lasts twenty minutes, an hour at most. Unlike the scientist, the artist has reentry problems that are frequent and catastrophic.
    — Walker Percy
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