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


” The kind of writing that matters most to me is something you don’t learn about. It’s constantly coming out of what I don’t know rather than what I do know. “


” In a sense, much that is learned is bound to be bad habits. You’re always beginning again. “


” You have to be rather relentless about pushing other things out of the way. This activity of writing, which has no promises attached to it, comes to be given a kind of arbitrary but persistent importance. “


” He said you should write about 75 lines every day. You know, Pound was a great one for laying down the law about how you did anything. “


” 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. “



All 6 W. S. Merwin Quotes about You in picture


Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you
The kind of writing that matters most to me is something you don
In a sense, much that is learned is bound to be bad habits. You
You have to be rather relentless about pushing other things out of the way. This activity of writing, which has no promises attached to it, comes to be given a kind of arbitrary but persistent importance.
He said you should write about 75 lines every day. You know, Pound was a great one for laying down the law about how you did anything.
What a great poem teaches you - and it

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