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Mostly the thought and the verse come inseparably. In my poem Poetics, it's as close as I come to telling how I do it.
A great poem leaves so much room for everybody to have such a different reaction to it.
For Russians, to whom Pushkin's poem 'Eugene Onegin' is sacred text, the ballet's story and personae are as familiar and filled with meaning as, for instance, 'Romeo' and 'Hamlet' are for us. Russians know whole stretches of it by heart, the way we know Shakespeare and Italians know Dante.
If you can say the lyrics almost like a poem and they stand up, that's a great thing. Some songs have great lyrics and I don't like the melodies, and vice versa.
Harry Connick, Jr.
I think that you certainly don't have to be aged and travel the world to write a poem.
I do read a poem almost every morning. Unless I'm really, really late, I have to get my poem in.
Sue Monk Kidd
I have a high guilt quotient. A poem can go through as many as 50 or 60 drafts. It can take from a day to two years-or longer.
I published my first poem in 'The Paris Review' in 1980.
Critics? How do they happen? I know how it happened to me. I would send a poem or story to a magazine and they would say this doesn't suit our needs precisely but on the other hand you sound interesting. Would you be interested in doing a review?
I read a poem every night, as others read a prayer.
Tahar Ben Jelloun
I did that Grammys thing - I did a little freeform poem.
When you're writing, you're in a totally different zone... I can start a difficult poem and look up at the clock and see to my astonishment that three hours have passed.
We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
I would not say I chose to write long poems on a conscious level. The long poem has been a relative constant.
I'm old enough, by a long shot, to remember going to the library and spending days researching. If I was looking for a line from a poem or something else I needed, that would be the trip I would have to take.
A good poem looks life straight in the face, unflinching, sincere, equal to revelation through loss or gain.
With fiction, you can talk about plot, character and narrative, whereas a poem brings home the fact that everything that happens in a work of literature happens in terms of language. And this is daunting stuff to deal with.
For me a poem has to sing out of itself and the lilt of it carries the magic.
My secret dream is to write an epic poem. That's probably the most pretentious thing I've said.
I love to compare different time frames. Poetry can evoke the time of the subject. By a very careful choice of words you can evoke an era, completely throw the poem into a different time scale.
In the late 60s and early 70s, I did get interested in voices, and in narration and embodying the voice, making the poem sound like a real person talking.
Poetry was one of the things that interested me most as I was growing up. I used to write it in my head all the time. I still think the very greatest pleasure in life is to write a poem.
Sometimes my boyfriend would write the lyrics and I would write the melody, and other times I would start from scratch. Or sometimes I would take a local poem and put that to music.
Rhyme is a mnemonic device, an aid to the memory. And some poems are themselves mnemonics, that is to say, the whole purpose of the poem is to enable us to remember some information.
Because I'm a younger laureate, it seemed important to me to do something - not to just accept the honor of the position, but actually to make it useful. It's hard though, I think, to come up with a good, meaningful project, because my predecessors have done amazing projects: Robert Pinsky's 'Favorite Poem' project is one of my favorite projects.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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