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Robert Penn Warren Quotes and Sayings

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How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.
- Robert Penn Warren

Related topics: Poetry

Poets, we know, are terribly sensitive people,
and in my observation one of the things they are most
sensitive about is money.
- Robert Penn Warren

I've been to a lot of places and done a lot of things,
but writing was always first.
It's a kind of pain I can't do without.
- Robert Penn Warren

For what is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding:
it is the deepest part of autobiography.
- Robert Penn Warren

 

The urge to write poetry is like having an itch.
When the itch becomes annoying enough,
you scratch it.
- Robert Penn Warren

I don't expect you'll hear me writing any poems to
the greater glory of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.
- Robert Penn Warren

The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful.
And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is,
rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life.
- Robert Penn Warren

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Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Faith:
When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
...
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly
- Patrick Overton - from his book of poems: The Leaning Tree, 1975
[Widely mis-attributed to Barbara J. Winter, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and others]

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
- Anne Stevenson

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.
- Carol Ann Duffy

You don't help people in your poems.
I've been trying to help people all my life -
that's my trouble.
- Charles Olson

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them,
and I am a poet of memory.
- Philip Levine

I like poems that are little games.
- Peter Davison

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.
- Horace

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered
into by reading other poems.
- John Barton

The notes I have made are not a diary in the ordinary sense,
but partly lengthy records of my spiritual experiences,
and partly poems in prose.
- Edvard Munch

I don't write poems and put them to music.
Just let things flow.
- Martin Gore

If I wasn't writing poems I'd be washing my hands all the time.
- Sherman Alexie

I consider my films to be poems that are all as personal
as my writing and as hand-made.
- James Broughton

What we call a poem is mostly what is not there on the page.
The strength of any poem is the poems that it has managed to exclude.
- Harold Bloom

The best books of our times have included the three
mature volumes of Philip Larkin.
They're very short books of poems, and very carefully arranged.
- Robert Morgan

I am a guest of the French language.
My poems in French are born of my interaction with the French language,
which is not the same as that of a French poet.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I sometimes like to tinker with poems that have failed,
ones that I have sent aside.
Even years afterward, I will revisit them if there
is something about them that I cannot give up on.
- John Barton

Well, "The Wellspring" was written from 1983 to 1986.
And it had a section in the beginning that was poems
that began from others' experience.
- Sharon Olds

I'm terrified of switching the computer on because there are so many poems.
- Roger McGough

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems,
like notes that shape music.
- Joan Miro

I can't understand these chaps who go round American
universities explaining how they write poems:
It's like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife.
- Philip Larkin

The title of the poems was The Only Bar in Dixon.
We sent it out to The New Yorker on a fluke,
and they took them and printed all three in the same issue.
- James Welch

Today the U.S.
is farther from being nourished by poetry than it was a hundred years ago,
when books of poems were best-sellers.
- James Broughton

My favorite poets may not be your bread and butter.
I have more favorite poems than favorite poets.
- Rita Dove

I like poems you can tack all over with a hammer and
there are no hollow places.
- John Ashbery

My earliest poems sing of the absolute necessity of
allowing love to invade and pervade one's life.
That can make the miracle happen in reality.
Try it.
- James Broughton

The ancient Greek oral poets all had this anxiety about
the deficiencies of their memories and always began
poems by praying to the Muse to help them remember.
- David Antin

I love chapbooks.
They're in some ways the ideal form in which to publish and read poems.
You can read 19 poems in a way you can't sit down and
read 60 to 70 pages of poems.
- Robert Morgan

I admire Ginsberg as a poet, despite the fact that
he seems not to know when he is being good and when he is bad.
But he will last, or at least those poems will last.
- Leslie Fiedler

My poems - I don't even like the sound of that,
in a way.
Not that anyone else wrote them.
But we know that only people who are really close to
us care about our personal experience.
- Sharon Olds

We read Robert Browning's poetry.
Here we needed no guidance from the professor:
the poems themselves were enough.
- Carl Sandburg

As a child, what captivated me was reading the poems
myself and realizing that there was a world without
material substance which was nevertheless as alive as any other.
- Mary Oliver

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

But you'd have a job to find many of my poems which
would seem to be very influenced by a particular person.
- Norman MacCaig

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

My first collection of poems was published by Bloodaxe Books,
which was then a very new imprint.
- Helen Dunmore

In our period, they say there is free speech.
They say there is no penalty for poets,
There is no penalty for writing poems.
They say this.
This is the penalty.
- Muriel Rukeyser

My readers at that time were still men of letters;
but there had to be other people waiting to read my poems.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

Of course the other and more serious way in which it
all happens is that one finds in poems and language
some quality one appropriates for oneself and wishes to reproduce.
- Robert Fitzgerald

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

Many of my poems are not sexual.
- Thom Gunn

I have also written some poems which have not been collected in a volume.
- Grazia Deledda

These poems, with all their crudities,
doubts, and confusions, are written for the love of
Man and in praise of God,
and I'd be a damn' fool if they weren't.
- Dylan Thomas

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

The few bad poems which occasionally are created during
abstinence are of no great interest.
- Wilhelm Reich

There must of course be a relationship between translating
and making poems of your own,
but what it is I just don't know.
- Robert Fitzgerald

Our poems will have failed if our readers are not brought
by them beyond the poems.
- Muriel Rukeyser

My poems are almost all written as Diane.
I don't have any problems with that,
and if other women choose to identify with this,
I think that's terrific.
- Diane Wakoski

Why does one always ask a writer why they stopped?
I am sure everyone finds in any drawer a few dear poems.
- Peter Bichsel

I was writing notes, but not composing poems.
The Hunter began to develop out of this fragmented process.
- George Murray

What I'm fighting for now in my work...
for an expression relevant to all manner of blacks,
poems I could take into a tavern, into the street,
into the halls of a housing project.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

I was very committed to the process of composing,
working at poems, putting things together and taking
them apart like some kind of experimental filmmaker.
- David Antin

I didn't think about whether I was writing poems.
I was thinking.
And the more I was thinking, the more there was I didn't understand.
- David Antin

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

As a friendly one.
I would still like to write concrete poems,
but I can only do it sometimes.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket.
But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I am a genius who has written poems that will survive
with the best of Shakespeare,
Wordsworth and Keats.
- Irving Layton

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.
- Gilda Radner

I used to carry about with me a German map-case filled with poems.
- John Hawkes

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

There's not too much difference between writing a picture
book and writing a collection of a hundred poems or so,
except that the bigger books take a lot longer to do.
- Jack Prelutsky

I learned to play guitar at a young age and converted
poems and stuff that I had written to songs.
- Gregory Harrison


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