Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal, but which the reader recognizes as his own
Ognuno sta solo sul cuor della terratrafitto da un raggio di sole: ed e subito sera.(Everyone stands along on the heart of the earth transfixed by a sun ray: and suddenly it is evening.)
My readers at that time were still men of letters; but there had to be other people waiting to read my poems.
In opposition to this detachment, he finds an image of man which contains within itself man's dreams, man's illness, man's redemption from the misery of poverty - poverty which can no longer be for him a sign of the acceptance of life.
War, I have always said, forces men to change their standards, regardless of whether their country has won or lost.
An exact poetic duplication of a man is for the poet a negation of the earth, an impossibility of being, even though his greatest desire is to speak to many men, to unite with them by means of harmonious verses about the truths of the mind or of things.
Religious power, which, as I have already said, frequently identifies itself with political power, has always been a protagonist of this bitter struggle, even when it seemingly was neutral.
After the turbulence of death, moral principles and even religious proofs are called into question.
The poet does not fear death, not because he believes in the fantasy of heroes, but because death constantly visits his thoughts and is thus an image of a serene dialogue.
At the point when continuity was interrupted by the first nuclear explosion, it would have been too easy to recover the formal sediment which linked us with an age of poetic decorum, of a preoccupation with poetic sounds.
The writer of stories or of novels settles on men and imitates them; he exhausts the possibilities of his characters.
He passes from lyric to epic poetry in order to speak about the world and the torment in the world through man, rationally and emotionally. The poet then becomes a danger.
Religious poetry, civic poetry, lyric or dramatic poetry are all categories of man's expression which are valid only if the endorsement of formal content is valid.
Poetry is also the physical self of the poet, and it is impossible to separate the poet from his poetry.
As the poet has expected, the alarms now are sounded, for - and it must be said again - the birth of a poet is always a threat to the existing cultural order, because he attempts to break through the circle of literary castes to reach the center.