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Thomas Harrison Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Poetry

A jacket commemorating the Germans as champions of
the 1990 World Cup is out of date two weeks after the event has passed.
- Thomas Harrison

No art form points like poetry to this originality
of language as to its essential and abiding concern.
- Thomas Harrison

Unlike metaphor, metonymy does not try to fuse images together.
- Thomas Harrison

 

In an age where history is recorded on T-shirts,
the very notion of dwelling on the deep structure of
an experience has come to appear both arcane and archaic.
- Thomas Harrison

As witnesses that the things were not done in a corner.
- Thomas Harrison

Still the question remains of what actually speaks in a poem,
if not subjectivity as historically constructed.
- Thomas Harrison

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In recent decades this symbolic or metaphorical lyric
has given way to one which leans toward metonymy.
- Thomas Harrison

Experience has ceded to a series of happenings,
about which the most we can expect is information.
- Thomas Harrison

Most film directors do not come up with their own subjects
or write their own screenplays.
- Thomas Harrison

To liberate words means first to shatter their function as vehicles of idea,
memory, hope, or regret.
- Thomas Harrison

Other, far fewer, directors are more like the composer -
conceptualizing the piece,
scoring it, distributing its musical lines among a range of registers,
chords, and instruments.
- Thomas Harrison

With the question of the effect of a poem,
the topic of investigation shifts from that of textual
autonomy to textual reception -
to the issue of what we actually look for or find in reading a poem.
- Thomas Harrison

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every single soul is a poem.
- Michael Franti

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A picture is a poem without words.
- Horace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For many years, I thought a poem was a whisper overheard,
not an aria heard.
- Rita Dove

In a poem the excitement has to maintain itself.
I am governed by the pull of the sentence as the pull
of a fabric is governed by gravity.
- Marianne Moore

A poem in form still has to have voice,
gesture, a sense of discovery, a metaphoric connection,
as any poetry does.
- Robert Morgan

Strictly speaking, the idea of a scientific poem is
probably as nonsensical as that of a poetic science.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

In a manner of speaking, the poem is its own knower,
neither poet nor reader knowing anything that the poem
says apart from the words of the poem.
- Allen Tate

But most commonly, it's one poem that I work on with a lot of intensity.
- Philip Levine

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

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give
a sense of quiet in a crowded day -
like writing a poem or saying a prayer.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The most important tribute any human being can pay
to a poem or a piece of prose he or she really loves is to learn it by heart.
Not by brain, by heart; the expression is vital.
- George Steiner

Knowing some Greek helped defuse forbidding words -
not that I counted much on using them.
You'll find only trace elements of this language in the poem.
- James Merrill

I read a poem every night, as others read a prayer.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

I see the poem or the novel ending with an open door.
- Michael Ondaatje

We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof
of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Scientific understanding is often beautiful,
a profoundly aesthetic experience which gives pleasure
not unlike the reading of a great poem.
- Paul Nurse

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

The reader's challenge is to replicate the experiment
by reading the poem and to draw their own conclusions.
- John Barton


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