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Frost is the most sophisticated of poets. ...
by Peter Davison

Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.
- Peter Davison

I like poems that are little games.
- Peter Davison

It is very difficult for people to come in contact
with their own emotions and their own sensibilities.
- Peter Davison

The reason one writes poems is so that your poem will be remembered.
- Peter Davison

 

There are so many things that poetry is about,
one of which is memory.
- Peter Davison

I think poetry has lost an awful lot of its muscle
because nobody knows any.
Nobody has to memorize poetry.
- Peter Davison

The more poetry you have in the head,
the more poetry you will understand because you will
be getting to the roots of what it is that makes people write poetry at all.
- Peter Davison

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And there are a lot more people reading poetry,
but there are not so many people reading an individual poet.
- Peter Davison

Every so often I find some poems that are too good
for the readers of The Atlantic because they are a
little too involved with the nature of poetry,
as such.
- Peter Davison

I just think that some version of the past in our culture
is going to rise up and become dominant.
- Peter Davison

I like poems that are complex.
- Peter Davison

But for me, being an editor I've been an editor of
all kinds of books being an editor of poetry has been
the way in which I could give a crucial part of my
time to what I love most.
- Peter Davison

For instance, it's a little better now than it was two or three years ago,
but something like 70% of the poems I receive seem
to be written in the present indicative.
- Peter Davison

The trouble with the performance poets is that they
don't seem to have read anything.
So there is not a real sense of the poetic tradition in their work.
- Peter Davison

In my youth, I found that I was quite often inspired
and pushed forward by what I read.
- Peter Davison

Poetry should be able to reach everybody,
and it should be able to appeal to all levels of understanding.
- Peter Davison

If I were brave enough to say so, I'd like to think
that I had written some poems that people are not going to forget.
- Peter Davison

It is a way we reassess our past.
We can do that in poetry in ways we can't do in prose.
- Peter Davison

Poetry is composing for the breath.
- Peter Davison

I would like to be proud of having written some poems that will be remembered,
but I will never know whether I will have any reason to be proud of that.
- Peter Davison

But there is some way in which poets believe that and this is dangerous,
too believe that their calling gives them a certain freedom.
A certain freedom to live in a free way.
- Peter Davison

But poetry is my life.
Poetry is what matters to me.
- Peter Davison

Poetry was invented as an mnemonic device to enable
people to remember their prayers.
- Peter Davison

If poets were realistic, they wouldn't be poets.
- Peter Davison

The problem, for me, with the writing programs is that
they produce a terrible uniformity of product.
- Peter Davison

Dealing with poetry is a daunting task,
simply because the reason one does it as an editor
at all is because one is constantly coming to terms
with one's own understanding of how to understand the world.
- Peter Davison

They need to learn poetry.
They don't need to learn about poetry.
They don't need to be told how to interpret poetry.
They don't need to be told how to understand poetry.
They need to learn it.
- Peter Davison

The relation between a poet and audience is really insignificant.
What matters is the poet is hearing something that he is broadcasting.
And whether there is anybody with a receiver isn't the reason he does it.
He hopes there is somebody receiving it.
- Peter Davison

My friends never talk to me about my poetry because
they're embarrassed that I write it or they're embarrassed
by what I write about which are not such extraordinarily terrifying things,
but they are the state of human existence.
- Peter Davison

People are talking about the Internet as though it
is going to change the world.
It's not going to change the world.
It's not going to change the way we think,
and it's not going to change the way we feel.
- Peter Davison

In order to understand what they need to understand,
in order to write what they write, they have to be free.
And yet, they aren't ever free.
They are not free because they are not free of the
constrictions their art puts on them.
- Peter Davison

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is an irresistible desire
to be irresistibly desired.
- Robert Frost

Freedom lies in being bold.
- Robert Frost

I do not wish to treat friendships daintily,
but with roughest courage.
When they are real, they are
not glass threads or frost-work,
but the solidest thing we know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing. That's voting.
- Robert Frost

In three words, I can sum up everything
I've learned about life - it goes on.
- Robert Frost

One will never again look at a birch tree,
after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.
- Paul Muldoon

The elements and majestic forces in nature,
Lightning, Wind, Water, Fire, and Frost,
were regarded with awe as spiritual powers,
but always secondary and intermediate in character.
- Charles Eastman

Most of the change we think we see in life is due to
truths being in and out of favor.
- Robert Frost

Great numbers of the Indians pass our camp on their hunting excursions:
the day was clear and pleasant,
but last night was very cold and there was a white frost.
- Meriwether Lewis

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything
without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
- Robert Frost

A poem begins as a lump in the throat,
a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
- Robert Frost

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and
the thought has found words.
- Robert Frost

Blake has always been a favorite, the lyrics,
not so much the prophetic books, but I suppose Yeats
influenced me more as a young poet,
and the American, Robert Frost.
- Anne Stevenson

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I ...
I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost

Back in 1983, the United States government approved
the release of the first genetically modified organism.
In this case, it was a bacteria that prevents frost on food crops.
- Jeremy Rifkin

The best way out is always through.
- Robert Frost

Don't aim for success if you want it;
just do what you love and believe in,
and it will come naturally.
- David Frost

It's a funny thing that when a man hasn't anything on earth to worry about,
he goes off and gets married.
- Robert Frost

A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman.
- Robert Frost

Frost isn't exactly despised but not enough people
have worked out what a brilliant poet he was.
- Paul Muldoon

The artist in me cries out for design.
- Robert Frost

We have had a very severe frost and deep snow this month.
My thermometer was one day fourteen degrees and a half
below the freezing point,
within doors.
- Gilbert White

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
- Robert Frost

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
- Robert Frost

I'd just as soon play tennis with the net down.
- Robert Frost

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
- Robert Frost

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually
get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.
- Robert Frost

Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
they have to take you in.
- Robert Frost

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's
birthday but never remembers her age.
- Robert Frost

When Robert Frost was alive, I was known as the other new England poet,
which is to be barely known at all.
- Howard Nemerov

We can no longer let the threat of an early frost send
a chill of fear throughout a large portion of our workforce.
Diversification is the only answer.
- Alan Autry

The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint
when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint isn't intended.
- Robert Frost

Robert Frost had always said you mustn't think of the last line first,
or it's only a fake poem, not a real one.
I'm inclined to agree.
- Howard Nemerov

Love is staying up all night with a sick child -
or a healthy adult.
- David Frost

You don't have to deserve your mother's love.
You have to deserve your father's.
- Robert Frost

Frost is the greatest artist in our clime -
he paints in nature and describes in rime.
- Thomas Hood

Black frost.
The ground is hard, the air tastes bitter.
Your stars cluster in evil signs.
- Georg Trakl

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the
moment you get up in the morning and does not stop
until you get into the office.
- Robert Frost


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