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Occasionally a student writer comes up with something
by Howard Nemerov

Occasionally a student writer comes up with something
really beautiful and moving,
and you won't know for years if it was an accident
or the first burst of something wonderful.
- Howard Nemerov

I would talk in iambic pentameter if it were easier.
- Howard Nemerov

Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light,
they say, forgetful of the shadow's speed.
- Howard Nemerov

I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.
- Howard Nemerov

 

We're not in love with Literature all the time -
especially when you have to teach it every day.
- Howard Nemerov

Write what you know.
That should leave you with a lot of free time.
- Howard Nemerov

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

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A chronicle is very different from history proper.
- Howard Nemerov

I am not at all clear what free verse is anymore.
That's one of the things you learn not to know.
- Howard Nemerov

A lot happens by accident in poetry.
- Howard Nemerov

The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job.
My wife told me.
- Howard Nemerov

When modern writers gave up telling stories,
they gave up the greatest thing we had.
- Howard Nemerov

The historian is terribly responsible to what he can
discern are the facts of the case,
but he's nothing if he doesn't make out a case.
- Howard Nemerov

I never abandoned either forms or freedom.
I imagine that most of what could be called free verse is in my first book.
I got through that fairly early.
- Howard Nemerov

I like all my children, even the squat and ugly ones.
- Howard Nemerov

I think there's one thing which distinguishes our art -
we don't consider.
We don't think.
We write a little verse because it comes to us.
- Howard Nemerov

Shakespeare tells the same stories over and over in
so many guises that it takes a long time before you notice.
- Howard Nemerov

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.
- Howard Nemerov

Language is remarkable, except under the extreme constraints
of mathematics and logic,
it never can talk only about what it's supposed to
talk about but is always spreading around.
- Howard Nemerov

When I was starting to write, the great influence was T.S.
Eliot and after that William Butler Yeats.
- Howard Nemerov

Obvious enough that generalities work to protect the
mind from the great outdoors;
is it possible that this was in fact their first purpose?
- Howard Nemerov

I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's
always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.
- Howard Nemerov

The spirit world doesn't admit to communicating with me,
so it's fairly even.
- Howard Nemerov

Once in awhile you have a thought, and you rhyme it.
- Howard Nemerov

When you write it doesn't occur to you that somebody
could think different from what you do.
- Howard Nemerov

I have a plot, but not much happens.
- Howard Nemerov

I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything.
Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants.
- Howard Nemerov

A teacher is a person who never says anything once.
- Howard Nemerov

Language cares.
- Howard Nemerov

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

I've thought of the last line of some poems for years and tried them out,
It wouldn't work because the last line was much too beautiful for the poem.
- Howard Nemerov

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.
- Howard Nemerov

The nice thing about the Bible is it doesn't give you too many facts.
Two an a half lines and it tells you the whole story
and that leaves you a great deal of freedom to elaborate
on how it might have happened.
- Howard Nemerov

I liked the kid who wrote me that he had to do a term
paper on a modern poet and he was doing me because,
though they say you have to read poems twice,
he found he could handle mine in one try.
- Howard Nemerov

I think there was a revolution in poetry,
associated chiefly with Eliot and Pound;
but maybe it is of the nature of revolutions or of
the nature of history that their innovations should
later come to look trivial or indistinguishable from technical tricks.
- Howard Nemerov

History is one of those marvelous and necessary illusions we have to deal with.
It's one of the ways of dealing with our world with
impossible generalities which we couldn't live without.
- Howard Nemerov

For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class,
the novel is serious, the novel is work,
the novel is conscientious application why,
the novel is practically the retail business all over again.
- Howard Nemerov

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

However beautiful the strategy,
you should occasionally look at the results.
- Winston Churchill

Most unhappiness comes from resisting life.
Occasionally, you have such a strong commitment
to changing the world order that it is worth
struggling against the flow of life.
But don't live your life as if each minor happening
were a matter of life and death.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I know why families were created with all their imperfections.
They humanize you.
They are made to make you forget yourself occasionally,
so that the beautiful balance of life is not destroyed.
- Anais Nin

Not everyone is always going to like what you do.
Your job application, your book proposal,
your offer of marriage is going to
get rejected sometimes - perhaps often.
Your boss, your spouse, even the person
behind you in the supermarket checkout line
is occasionally going to think that you are doing it all wrong.
Don't take it personally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anger is something that each one of us has experienced -
some of us only occasionally, some almost daily.
Can we eliminate all anger? Probably not.
We will always have expectations,
and those expectations will often be unmet.
Disappointment is the principle cause of anger.
When we are disappointed, we look for someone to blame.
Declaring someone to be at fault is the nature of anger.
Anger is always directed at someone -
possibly toward God or the non-specific "they,"
but at some animate entity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I wouldn't attach too much importance to these student riots.
I remember when I was a student at the Sorbonne in Paris,
I used to go out and riot occasionally.
- John Foster Dulles

Think occasionally of the suffering
of which you spare yourself the sight.
- Albert Schweitzer

Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow
on top of a mountain in late May or June.
There's something very powerful about finding snow in summer.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
- Winston Churchill

I know many writers who first dictate passages,
then polish what they have dictated.
I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
- Edward Koch

The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness
that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home.
- Edgar Watson Howe

People, like sheep, tend to follow a leader -
occasionally in the right direction.
- Alexander Chase

I find it somewhat difficult to write with other people,
although it has happened occasionally.
- Graham Nash

Occasionally, I have to think like myself to remember where I put something.
- Susan Taylor

Some one has said that most of us don't think,
we just occasionally rearrange our prejudices.
- Frank Knox

Previously, on Lock, Stock, I went to bed at two in
the morning and woke up at five in the morning,
and on this one I was known to nod off on the set occasionally.
- Guy Ritchie

I do as much debugging as possible on the Mac,
but I occasionally must debug problems in the PC world,
which is significantly slower.
- Robert Patterson

Occasionally if you do something extraordinary,
the crew responds with spontaneous applause,
but that's very rare.
- Claudia Christian

Unfortunately or fortunately, in order to become acquainted
with the idiom of country or rock music,
it is necessary to occasionally play in a bar.
Bars are a rehearsal place.
- Garth Hudson

One needs occasionally to stand aside from the hum
and rush of human interests and passions to hear the voices of God.
- Anna Julia Cooper

It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally,
and politely, put parents in their place.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately,
you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.
- Ulysses S. Grant

It would do the world good if every man would compel
himself occasionally to be absolutely alone.
Most of the world s progress has come out of such loneliness.
- Bruce Barton

I have to make rock records occasionally.
- Evan Dando

Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.
- B. C. Forbes

One of the disadvantages of being a patrician is that
occasionally you're obliged to act like one.
- Dalton Trumbo

At the end of OK Computer we were playing big,
big arenas and it wasn't right.
You can do those things occasionally but at the time it didn't feel right.
- Ed O'Brien

I prefer to imagine that my wife, a few friends,
and occasionally my mom are the only ones who read what I do,
though I realize that this is somewhat unrealistic.
- Chris Ware

I watch movies occasionally, and I watch documentaries.
Virtually nothing else.
- Don DeLillo

Television, although It's in steep decline,
still occasionally gives voices to people who don't have voices.
- Christopher Eccleston

The underdog often starts the fight,
and occasionally the upper dog deserves to win.
- Edgar Watson Howe

According to the Gorean way of looking at things a
taste of the slave ring is thought to be occasionally beneficial to all women,
even the exalted free woman.
- John Norman


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