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You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end.
Heartbreak was the impetus to me writing poems and music in the first place. Over the years, I had my heart broken so badly that if I didn't find a way to get all the pain out, I was going to lose my mind. I was crazy! Like, wanting to slash tires and smash car windows. Crazy! I was so hurt that I had to write.
I think of something quite different from a snapshot. I know of a lot of poems, some very fine ones, that are like snapshots, but I'm more interested in poetry that is like an endless film, long stories, things that weave together many different strands, like a big piece of cloth, not like a photograph.
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.
I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.
It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs: only about a third of their bulk appears above the surface of the page.
I have always thought of poems as stepping stones in one's own sense of oneself. Every now and again, you write a poem that gives you self-respect and steadies your going a little bit farther out in the stream. At the same time, you have to conjure the next stepping stone because the stream, we hope, keeps flowing.
I like Beethoven, especially the poems.
Poems seem to have a life of their own. They tell you when enough is enough.
I started out really young, when I was four, five, six, writing poems, before I could play an instrument. I was writing about things when I was eight or 10 years old that I hadn't lived long enough to experience. That's why I also believe in reincarnation, that we were put here with ideas to pass around.
Only truthful hands write true poems. I cannot see any basic difference between a handshake and a poem.
Memory has always been fundamental for me. In fact, remembering what I had forgotten is the way most of the poems get started.
Heartbreak was the impetus to me writing poems and music in the first place.
My own journey in becoming a poet began with memory - with the need to record and hold on to what was being lost. One of my earliest poems, 'Give and Take,' was about my Aunt Sugar, how I was losing her to her memory loss.
We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
Rainer Maria Rilke
I would write poems and think up melodies to them later.
I started writing as a child. But I didn't think of myself actually writing until I was in college. And I had gone to Africa as a sophomore or something - no, maybe junior - and wrote a book of poems. And that was my beginning. I published that book.
The only difference between me and others is that they think they can change something with cute little poems, nice cards or embracing trees and being nice to little lapdogs.
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.
No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.
Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.
I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.
I started out writing poems before I figured to put melodies to them and play the guitar. Somewhere, there's a book out there on all those early songs and poems. I hope no one ever finds it. I don't think it's my finest work.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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