A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.
Whatever talents I possess may suddenly diminish or suddenly increase. I can with ease become an ordinary fool. I may be one now. But it doesn’t do to upset one’s own vanity.
Don’t be too harsh to these poems until they’re typed. I always think typescript lends some sort of certainty: at least, if the things are bad then, they appear to be bad with conviction.
We can catch buses and count our change and cross the roads and talk real sentences. But our innocence goes awfully deep, and our discreditable secret is that we don’t know anything at all, and our horrid inner secret is that we don’t care that we don’t.
You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it tick… You’re back with the mystery of having been moved by words. The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps… so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- Fred Astaire American Dancer, Singer
- Raymond Chandler American Novelist
- Joseph F. Smith American Religious Leader
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery French Novelist, Aviator
- John Dos Passos American Novelist, Artist
- Samuel Beckett Irish Novelist, Playwright
- Joseph Conrad Polish-born British Novelist
- George Orwell English Novelist, Essayist, Journalist
- Robert Musil Austrian Novelist
- Ford Madox Ford English Novelist, Poet, Critic