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  • Ringo Starr
    Ringo Starr
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    I like Beethoven, especially the poems.
  • Billy Collins
    Billy Collins
    American poet 1941-
    Billy Collins
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    A lot of my poems either have historical sequences or other kinds of chronological grids where I'm locating myself in time. I like to feel oriented, and I like to orient the reader at the beginning of a poem.
  • Billy Collins
    Billy Collins
    American poet 1941-
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    Attempts to put my poems to music have had disastrous results in all cases. And the poem, if it's written with the ear, already has been set to its own verbal music as it was composed.
  • A. R. Ammons
    A. R. Ammons
    American poet 1926-2001
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    Besides the actual reading in class of many poems, I would suggest you do two things: first, while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it, teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition.
  • A. R. Ammons
    A. R. Ammons
    American poet 1926-2001
    A. R. Ammons
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    Each poem in becoming generates the laws by which it is generated: extensions of the laws to other poems never completely take.
    Source: Set in motion: essays, interviews, and dialogues (1996)
  • Anne Stevenson
    Anne Stevenson
    American-British poet and writer 1933-2020
    Anne Stevenson
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    Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    Every poem must be made up of lines that are poems.
  • Bonnie Jo Campbell
    Bonnie Jo Campbell
    American writer
    Bonnie Jo Campbell
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    For 'King Cole's American Salvage,' I rode around in the wrecker with a local driver and watched him deal with customers and hook up the cars. I watched the guy who tore apart the cars in the junkyard. I also wrote poems about those guys. I loved hanging around the yard.
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    Thomas B. Macaulay
    American essayist and historian 1800-1859
    Thomas B. Macaulay
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    Generalization is necessary to the advancement of knowledge; but particularly is indispensable to the creations of the imagination. In proportion as men know more and think more they look less at individuals and more at classes. They therefore make better theories and worse poems.
  • Sylvia Plath
    Sylvia Plath
    American poet 1932-1963
    Sylvia Plath
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    I am a writer... I am a genius of a writer; I have it in me. I am writing the best poems of my life; they will make my name.
  • Anne Stevenson
    Anne Stevenson
    American-British poet and writer 1933-2020
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    I play with language a great deal in my poems, and I enjoy that. I try to condense language, that is, I try to express complicated but I hope real emotions as simply as possible. But that doesn't mean the poems are simple, just that they are as truthful as I can make them.
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt Whitman
    American poet, essayist, and journalist 1819-1892
    Walt Whitman
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    I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.
  • Sylvia Plath
    Sylvia Plath
    American poet 1932-1963
    Sylvia Plath
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    I think my poems immediately come out of the sensuous and emotional experiences I have.
  • Anne Stevenson
    Anne Stevenson
    American-British poet and writer 1933-2020
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    I work very hard on all my poems, but most of the work consists of trying not to sound as if I had worked. I try to make them sound as natural as possible, but within a quite strict form, which to my ears has a lot to do with musical rhythm and sound.
  • John Milton
    John Milton
    English poet, polemicist and man of letters 1608-1674
    John Milton
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    Let those who would write heroic poems make their life an heroic poem.
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