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Douglas Dunn Quotes and Sayings

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A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an
audience to understand all the nuances.
- Douglas Dunn

Related topics: Poetry

A poet's cultural baggage and erudition can interfere with a poem.
- Douglas Dunn

I've always thought my poems told stories.
- Douglas Dunn

I've always liked Muir without knowing quite why.
- Douglas Dunn

 

Reading a poem aloud to an audience is gestural as much as precise.
- Douglas Dunn

The negative aspects of Scottish Nationalism are a
kind of aggressive complacency,
that sort of boasting; but that's an expression of insecurity,
I think, of a lack of confidence.
- Douglas Dunn

I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things,
of Peace and Hope and Pride.
I Dance My Dance with Life Today,
I'm Filled with Love Inside.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

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Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson PHOTO

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley PHOTO

Bold Light of Spirit:
Out of the darkness and into the light,
Open our eyes and behold such a sight.
Brilliance of day takes the place of the night,
Boldness and courage are swords of His Might.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A question that sometimes drives me hazy:
am I or are the others crazy?
- Albert Einstein

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song -
The song from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best.
- William Arthur Ward

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

I am the Wizard. This world is mine.
I speak. It's done. My realm is fine.
My wand, my tongue. My sword, my voice.
It's good. It's bad. I speak my choice.
I say happy, or I say mad.
I say angry, or I say glad.
I name that drawing on the wall.
It's not graffiti after all.
The past has been broken. The prison's not real.
My word holds the magic - the power to heal.
Intent is my weapon - a sword from above.
Cruel hate, fear, and anger transmute into love.
This world's my joy. This mouth's my toy.
Reborn -I'm a brand new girl or boy.
I choose. I speak. My will is done.
Come join. Come play. This can be fun.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told.
Many a man his life hath sold
but my outside to behold.
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
- William Shakespeare

THE fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
- Carl Sandburg

To see the world in a grain of sand,
and to see heaven in a wild flower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hands,
and eternity in an hour.
- William Blake

Gather yourself by the sea shore and I will love you there.
Assemble yourself with wild things,
with songs of the sparrow and sea-foam.
Let mad beauty collect itself in your eyes
and it will shine - Calling me.
For I long for a man with nests of wild things in his hair.
A man who will Kiss the Flame.
- Jewel

Confused Memories of Childhood:
Hate to my father, cruel hate,
confused with love - a mix not great.
The man I love - the man I hate;
the man I want to emulate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I was reading the dictionary.
I thought it was a poem about everything.
- Steven Wright

A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings -
about human feelings and frailties.
- Anne Stevenson

The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.
- Richard Rosen

I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.
- Joyce Kilmer

The novel is born of disillusionment;
the poem,
of despair.
- Jose Bergamin

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

However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence,
there can't be much to it.
- James Schuyler

To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes;
to hear it is to see it with our ears.
- Octavio Paz

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

Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally,
in the end, pleasure.
- Mark Strand

Every single soul is a poem.
- Michael Franti

Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.
- Mark Strand

A poem conveys not a message so much as the provenance of a message,
an advent of sense.
- Thomas Harrison

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

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
- David Carradine

No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results?
- John Barton

A poem is true if it hangs together.
Information points to something else.
A poem points to nothing but itself.
- E. M. Forster

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
- Paul Valery

A picture is a poem without words.
- Horace

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

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, - I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means,
you have missed the body of the poem.
- M. H. Abrams

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.
- Charles Simic

I think of my peace paintings as one long poem,
with each painting being a single stanza.
- Robert Indiana

The moment of change is the only poem.
- Adrienne Rich

You don't make a poem with ideas, but with words.
- Stephane Mallarme

I don't know whether a poem has be there to help to develop something.
I think it's there for itself, for what the reader finds in it.
- Marilyn Hacker

Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.
- Anatole Broyard

Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a
pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child.
- Carl Sandburg

A Poem does not grow by jerks.
As trees in Spring produce a new ring of tissue,
so does every poet put forth a fresh outlay of stuff at the same season.
- Wilfred Owen

I consider a poem to be a kind of experiment where
a number of elements are brought together under test
conditions to see how they will interact to create meaning or relevance.
- John Barton

The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.
- Walt Whitman

I try not to observe myself in the process of composing
a poem because I don't want to come up with a formula,
which I would then be unscrupulous in using.
- Thom Gunn

I would not say I chose to write long poems on a conscious level.
The long poem has been a relative constant.
- John Barton

The poem is sad because it wants to be yours,
and cannot be.
- John Ashbery

Klopstock was questioned regarding the meaning of a passage in his poem.
He replied, 'God and I both knew what it meant once;
now God alone knows.'
- Cesare Lombroso

Every old poem is sacred.
- Horace

For me a poem has to sing out of itself and the lilt of it carries the magic.
- James Broughton

The fact that The Bridge contains folk lore and other
material suitable to the epic form need not therefore
prove its failure as a long lyric poem,
with interrelated sections.
- Hart Crane

There's a crystallization that goes on in a poem which
the young man can bring off,
but which the middle-aged man can't.
- John Updike

I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew.
Writing a poem is discovering.
- Robert Frost

Writing can sometimes be exploitative.
I like to take a few steps of remove in order to respect
the privacy of the subject.
If readers make the link, they have engaged with the poem.
- John Barton

No other human being, no woman, no poem or music,
book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to
give man the illusion of real creation.
- Marguerite Duras

When you read and understand a poem,
comprehending its rich and formal meanings,
then you master chaos a little.
- Stephen Spender

I got $30 from Nation magazine for a poem and $500
for my first book of poems.
- Jim Harrison

And at least in poetry you should feel free to lie.
That is, not to lie, but to imagine what you want,
to follow the direction of the poem.
- Mark Strand

I do not usually revise much, though I often cut,
particularly the end or toward the end of a poem.
- James Schuyler

No good poem, however confessional it may be,
is just a self-expression.
Who on earth would claim that the pearl expresses the oyster?
- C. Day Lewis

It seems to me that readers sometimes make the genesis
of a poem more mysterious than it is (by that I perhaps mean,
think of it as something outside their own experience).
- James Schuyler


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