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Edward Hirsch Quotes

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There’s been no poet, no great poet in the history of poetry who hasn’t also been a great reader of poetry. This is sometimes distressing to my students when I tell them this.  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) The attention deficit disorder of the culture is very distressing in America now and I think it puts a lot of things at risk, not just poetry.  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) I think one of the things that distinguished my work from the beginning when I was in college was my turning towards poetry from other countries.  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) Sometimes the title comes to you at the beginning, sometimes it comes at the end. The very best way in my experience is when it comes in the middle.  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) But, the best times I have found, in my life, are late at night or early in the morning and I think it’s because you’re outside the social realm.  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) I was surprised recently to find a book called Poetry in Persons that’s coming out about visit to poets to a class that Pearl London gave.  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) The imagination is an organ of understanding. And the imagination needs all the faculties at hand, all the sensibility, all the conscious and unconscious intelligence it can galvanize to fulfill its luminous mission.  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) A great model for this is the way that Dante calls on Virgil at the beginning of The Inferno, The Divine Comedy, to help guide him through the underworld.  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) I think the deepest thing is that many fiction writers tell stories but are not elegant writers. But, we’re not writing journalism when we’re making literature.  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) Gertrude Stein said, I write for myself and strangers. I would say I write for myself, strangers and the great dead.  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) And my experience is the best titles, for me, emerge in the process of writing. They don’t usually come at the very beginning and hopefully they don’t come at the very end because then it’s getting late in the day.  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) There has never been a great poet who wasn’t also a great reader of poetry  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) I guess that would have been 1968. I was a freshman in college and I wasn’t writing good poems, but I was at least trying to write poems then.  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) In the Middle Ages, the troubadour poets invented the concept of courtly love--a fantasy love, a noble passion, which was also extra-marital and thus inevitably thwarted, illicit, adulterous. One of the medieval terms for it was amour honestus (honest love). I’ve always wondered why this passionate ideal--masochistic, spiritual-travelled with such wildfire throughout Europe. My poem, a ghazal, takes up the subject  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) I did not know the work of mourning Is a labor in the dark We carry inside ourselves  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) Television watching does reduce reading and often encroaches on homework. Much of it is admittedly the intellectual equivalent of junk food. But in some respects, such as its use of standard written English, television watching is acculturative  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) A hook shot kisses the rim and hangs there, helplessly, but doesn’t drop and for once our gangly starting center boxes out his man and times his jump perfectly, gathering the orange leather/from the air like a cherished possession  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) ... I put down these memorandums of my affections in honor of tenderness, in honor of all of those who have been conscripted into the brotherhood of loss  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) Works of art imitate and provoke other works of art, the process is the source of art itself  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) Language is an impure medium. Speech is public property and words are the soiled products, not of nature, but of society, which circulates and uses them for a thousand different ends  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) I am a tiny seashell that has secretly drifted ashore and carries the sound of the ocean surging through its body  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) One of the deep fundamentals of poetry is the recurrence of sounds, syllables, words, phrases, lines, and stanzas. Repetition can be one of the most intoxicating features of poetry. It creates expectations, which can be fulfilled or frustrated. It can create a sense of boredom and complacency, but it can also incite enchantment and inspire bliss  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) Reading poetry is an adventure in renewal, a creative act, a perpetual beginning, a rebirth of wonder  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) The poet wants justice. And the poet wants art. In poetry we can’t have one without the other  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) There has never been a great poet who wasn’t also a great reader of poetry  (Edward Hirsch Quotes) We will be able to achieve a just and prosperous society only when our schools ensure that everyone commands enough shared background knowledge to be able to communicate effectively with everyone else  (Edward Hirsch Quotes)