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Besides the actual reading in class of many poems,
by A. R. Ammons

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

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
- A. R. Ammons

The poet exposes himself to the risk.
All that has been said about poetry,
all that he has learned about poetry,
is only a partial assurance.
- A. R. Ammons

Only silence perfects silence.
- A. R. Ammons

 

Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful.
- A. R. Ammons

A poem generated by its own laws may be unrealized
and bad in terms of so-called objective principles of taste,
judgement, deduction.
- A. R. Ammons

There's something to be said in favor of working in
isolation in the real world.
- A. R. Ammons

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Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing,
but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.
- A. R. Ammons

Once every five hundred years or so,
a summary statement about poetry comes along that we
can't imagine ourselves living without.
- A. R. Ammons

Each poem in becoming generates the laws by which it is generated:
extensions of the laws to other poems never completely take.
- A. R. Ammons

If a poem is each time new, then it is necessarily an act of discovery,
a chance taken, a chance that may lead to fulfillment or disaster.
- A. R. Ammons

I am grateful for - though I can't keep up with -
the flood of articles,
theses, and textbooks that mean to share insight concerning the nature of poetry.
- A. R. Ammons

Questions structure and, so, to some extent predetermine answers.
- A. R. Ammons

In nature there are few sharp lines.
- A. R. Ammons

You have your identity when you find out,
not what you can keep your mind on, but what you can't keep your mind off.
- A. R. Ammons

I take the walk to be the externalization of an interior
seeking so that the analogy is first of all between
the external and the internal.
- A. R. Ammons

If the greatest god is the stillness all the motions add up to,
then we must ineluctably be included.
- A. R. Ammons

Is it not careless to become too local when there are
four hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone.
- A. R. Ammons

If we ask a vague question, such as,
'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer,
such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,'
or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.'
- A. R. Ammons

Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings,
to the unknown, and returns us to our rational,
structured selves refreshed.
- A. R. Ammons

Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value,
though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values.
- A. R. Ammons

For though we often need to be restored to the small,
concrete, limited, and certain, we as often need to
be reminded of the large,
vague, unlimited, unknown.
- A. R. Ammons

I can't tell you where a poem comes from,
what it is, or what it is for: nor can any other man.
The reason I can't tell you is that the purpose of
a poem is to go past telling,
to be recognised by burning.
- A. R. Ammons

I must stress here the point that I appreciate clarity,
order, meaning, structure, rationality:
they are necessary to whatever provisional stability we have,
and they can be the agents of gradual and successful change.
- A. R. Ammons

That's a wonderful change that's taken place,
and so most poetry today is published,
if not directly by the person, certainly by the enterprise of the poet himself,
working with his friends.
- A. R. Ammons

Even if you walk exactly the same route each time -
as with a sonnet -
the events along the route cannot be imagined to be
the same from day to day,
as the poet's health, sight, his anticipations,
moods, fears, thoughts cannot be the same.
- A. R. Ammons

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

Certain people want to see me solely as a pop act,
but there are many different sides to Christina Aguilera besides the pop girl.
- Christina Aguilera

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home
to think about besides homework.
- Lily Tomlin

Besides, wouldn't it be wonderful if no one ever had
to worry about the random cruelty of fatal illness
or the woes of old age attacking them or their loved ones?
- Joan D. Vinge

It's so difficult to find time besides the tennis.
- Steffi Graf

It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge
that the whole country isn't in flames,
that there are people in the country besides politicians,
entertainers, and criminals.
- Charles Kuralt

There's lots of interesting jobs in the profession besides acting,
and I like to try and keep an eye on and understand other people's jobs,
rather than just my own.
- Sarah Sutton

Besides a happy policy as to civil government,
it is necessary to institute a system of law and jurisprudence founded in justice,
equity, and public right.
- Ezra Stiles

With whom do you argue? With a woman,
of course.
Not with a friend, because he accepted all your defects the moment he found you.
Besides, woman is mother-have we forgotten?
- Marcello Mastroianni

I've thought about doing other dramatic roles besides westerns,
but I grew up in the West and I know the West.
- Ken Curtis

I don't believe in dying.
It's been done.
I'm working on a new exit.
Besides, I can't die now - I'm booked.
- George Burns

But we're not supposed to talk anything besides football.
- Al Michaels

There is no such thing as a life of passion any more
than a continuous earthquake,
or an eternal fever.
Besides, who would ever shave themselves in such a state?
- George Byron

The House of Commons, refused to receive the addresses of the colonies,
when the matter was pending; besides,
we hold our rights neither from them nor from the Lords.
- Christopher Gadsden

The referee is going to be the most important person
in the ring tonight besides the fighters.
- George Foreman

To tell her that I joined the parachute club was too hard for me.
I didn't want to trouble her; besides,
I was not completely sure about the success of my new adventure.
- Valentina Tereshkova

I have discovered that we may be in some degree whatever character we choose.
Besides, practice forms a man to anything.
- James Boswell

We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn
to direct our inner drives,
our interest and our attention to something besides ourselves.
- Ethel Percy Andrus

On the first season of our show, I commissioned a Native
American artist to make up,
'cause I'm known for the tomahawk, besides the hair
and the leather outfit and the whole thing.
- Joe Lando

We try some really interesting things besides being outright commercial.
- Bruce Johnston

You are not, nor ever will be, better than anyone else
besides the person you are now.
- Bo Bennett

Who knows, the mind has the key to all things besides.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

My table seats eight, so that's my maximum.
Having a small number of guests is the only way to
generate good conversation.
Besides, your whole house doesn't get wrecked that way.
- Paul Lynde

A teacher enlarges people in all sorts of ways besides just his subject matter.
- Wallace Stegner

I am obsessive, also I am industrious.
Besides, the time when you are most alive and most
aware is in childhood and one is trying to recapture
that heightened awareness.
- Edna O'Brien

The fame aspect of winning the Masters...
besides being married and becoming a father,
that's a strong third there.
- Mike Weir

Besides being a guitar player, I'm a big fan of the guitar.
I love that damn instrument.
- Steve Vai

Besides, I have a sister who's straight.
And I want her to know that I love her and support her.
- Dan Butler

My stories are very somber, so I think I need the comic ingredient.
Besides, life has so much humor.
- Manuel Puig

A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.
- Herbert Hoover

Besides, most of the books I like involve people I
could never play in a million years.
- Hugh Dancy

How do I know why Miles walks off the stage? Why don't
you ask him? And besides,
maybe we'd all like to be like Miles,
and just haven't got the guts.
- Dizzy Gillespie

Besides me wanting to be an artist, I wanted to be a movie star.
- Patti Smith

I'll be a flop in movies.
Besides, I don't like 'em, and I never did believe
there was a place called Hollywood.
Somebody made it up!
- Patsy Kelly

Poetry asks people to have values, form opinions,
care about some other part of experience besides making
money and being successful on the job.
- Toi Derricotte

Besides the practical knowledge which defeat offers,
there are important personality profits to be taken.
- William Moulton Marston

Besides, a bald cap would have never looked real.
- Persis Khambatta

Underwear makes me uncomfortable and besides my parts have to breathe.
- Jean Harlow

We can't worry about competition.
Besides, you aren't competing with anyone but yourself.
They have nothing to do with whether you make a good movie or not.
- Chris Wedge

The nice thing is that, at least in Los Angeles,
I'm known as a character actor and I do auditions for
other things besides just cartoon shows.
- Dan Castellaneta

We may play in a contemporary rock vein,
use standard bebop themes, and many other things besides.
- Chuck Mangione

Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart,
and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.
- Joe Paterno

Besides, we had a large debt, contracted at home and
abroad in our War of Independence;
therefore the great power of taxation was conferred upon this Government.
- Robert Toombs

We were in all four men with eight animals;
for besides the spare horses led by Shaw and myself,
an additional mule was driven along with us as a reserve in case of accident.
- Francis Parkman

Research programmes, besides their negative heuristic,
are also characterized by their positive heuristic.
- Imre Lakatos


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