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Howard Nemerov

"I think there was a revolution in poetry, associated chiefly with Eliot and Pound; but maybe it is of the nature of revolutions or of the nature of history that their innovations should later come to look trivial or indistinguishable from technical tricks." Howard Nemerov
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"I think there's one thing which distinguishes our art - we don't consider. We don't think. We write a little verse because it comes to us." Howard Nemerov
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"I would talk in iambic pentameter if it were easier." Howard Nemerov
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"I've thought of the last line of some poems for years and tried them out, It wouldn't work because the last line was much too beautiful for the poem." Howard Nemerov
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"It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs: only about a third of their bulk appears above the surface of the page." Howard Nemerov
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"Language cares." Howard Nemerov
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"Language is remarkable, except under the extreme constraints of mathematics and logic, it never can talk only about what it's supposed to talk about but is always spreading around." Howard Nemerov
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"Mostly the thought and the verse come inseparably. In my poem Poetics, it's as close as I come to telling how I do it." Howard Nemerov
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"Once in awhile you have a thought, and you rhyme it." Howard Nemerov
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"Robert Frost had always said you mustn't think of the last line first, or it's only a fake poem, not a real one. I'm inclined to agree." Howard Nemerov
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"Shakespeare tells the same stories over and over in so many guises that it takes a long time before you notice." Howard Nemerov
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"The historian is terribly responsible to what he can discern are the facts of the case, but he's nothing if he doesn't make out a case." Howard Nemerov
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"The nice thing about the Bible is it doesn't give you too many facts. Two an a half lines and it tells you the whole story and that leaves you a great deal of freedom to elaborate on how it might have happened." Howard Nemerov
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"The spirit world doesn't admit to communicating with me, so it's fairly even." Howard Nemerov
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"When I was starting to write, the great influence was T.S. Eliot and after that William Butler Yeats." Howard Nemerov
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"When modern writers gave up telling stories, they gave up the greatest thing we had." Howard Nemerov
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"When Robert Frost was alive, I was known as the other new England poet, which is to be barely known at all." Howard Nemerov
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"When you write it doesn't occur to you that somebody could think different from what you do." Howard Nemerov
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"Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time." Howard Nemerov
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