It is always betterto avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning. For every one of us, living in this worldmeans waiting for our end. Let whoever canwin glory before death. When a warrior is gone, that will be his best and only bulwark.
If you have the words, there's always a chance that you'll find the way.
I can't think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people's understanding of what's going on in the world.
There is risk and truth to yourselves and the world before you.
I suppose I'm saying that defiance is actually part of the lyric job
Words.. To lure the tribal shoals to epigram / And order.
The fact of the matter is that the most unexpected and miraculous thing in my life was the arrival in it of poetry itself - as a vocation and an elevation almost.
In fact, in lyric poetry, truthfulness becomes recognizable as a ring of truth within the medium itself.
The completely solitary self: that's where poetry comes from, and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are often very intimate also.
Manifesting that order of poetry where we can at last grow up to that which we stored up as we grew.
A public expectation, it has to be said, not of poetry as such but of political positions variously approvable by mutually disapproving groups.
I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible.
Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it.