” A lot happens by accident in poetry. “


” I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem. “


” 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. “


” 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. “



All 4 Howard Nemerov Quotes about Poetry in picture


A lot happens by accident in poetry.
I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.


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.
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.
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