Five Quotes About Poetry

“It’s the poet’s business to make poetry out of the unexplored resources of the unpoetical.” (T.S. Eliot)

“I would sooner give the laurel to vigorous error than to any orthodoxy not inspired.” (W.B. Yeats)

“A poem by its nature operates beyond rational control.” (Kay Ryan)

“Ezra Pound’s caked and crusted erudition…” (I forget who said this, but God it’s true.)

“Poetry is always dying, always going to hell.” (Donald Hall)

(Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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