The thing that eats the heart is mostly the heart.
Not that you need to be a saint to have visions worth talking about. The most effective prescription, I suspect, is to be a disciplined sinner. Perfection, as Valery noted, is work.
We have all been expelled from the Garden, but the ones who suffer most in exile are those who are still permitted to dream of perfection.
Old myths, old gods, old heroes have never died. They are only sleeping at the bottom of our mind, waiting for our call. We have need for them. They represent the wisdom of our race.
I can hardly wait for tomorrow, it means a new life for me each and every day.
The poem in the head is always perfect. Resistance starts when you try to convert it into language. Language itself is a kind of resistance to the pure flow of self.
When you look back on a lifetime and think of what has been given to the world by your presence, your fugitive presence, inevitably you think of your art, whatever it may be, as the gift you have made to the world in acknowledgment of the gift you have been given, which is the life itself… That work is not an expression of the desire for praise or recognition, or prizes, but the deepest manifestation of your gratitude for the gift of life.
Be what you are. Give What is yours to give. Have Style. Dare.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- Robert Frost American Poet
- Ezra Pound American Poet, Critic
- Wallace Stevens American Poet
- Robert Penn Warren American Novelist, Poet
- Mark Van Doren American Poet, Writer, Critic
- Stephen Vincent Benet American Poet
- Allen Ginsberg American Poet
- Marianne Moore American Poet
- Archibald MacLeish American Poet, Dramatist
- W. H. Auden British-born American Poet