” Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you’ve lost the whole thing. “


” I can’t imagine ever writing anything of any kind on a machine. I never tried to write either poetry or prose on a typewriter. I like to do it on useless paper, scrap paper, because it’s of no importance. “


” What a great poem teaches you – and it’s not intellectual at all – is the resonance in the language that’s heard there. This goes back to the very origins of poetry and to the very origins of language. “


” I think poetry is as old as language, and both come out of the same thing – an effort to try to express something that is inexpressible. “



All 4 W. S. Merwin Quotes about Poetry in picture


Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you
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What a great poem teaches you - and it
I think poetry is as old as language, and both come out of the same thing - an effort to try to express something that is inexpressible.

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