Facts about Howard Nemerov

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Howard Nemerov was a famous Poet from USA, who lived between February 29, 1920 and July 5, 1991. He/she became 71 years old.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac pisces, who is known for Fluctuation, Depth, Imagination, Reactive, Indecisive. Our collection contains 31 quotes who is written / told by Howard, under the main topic Poetry.

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Famous quotes by Howard Nemerov (31)


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"Once in awhile you have a thought, and you rhyme it"
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"Obvious enough that generalities work to protect the mind from the great outdoors; is it possible that this was in fact their first purpose?"
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"Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light, they say, forgetful of the shadow's speed"
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"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"
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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"
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"Language cares"
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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"
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"I never abandoned either forms or freedom. I imagine that most of what could be called free verse is in my first book. I got through that fairly early"
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"I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem"
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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"
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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"
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"A chronicle is very different from history proper"
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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"
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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"
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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"
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"I like all my children, even the squat and ugly ones"
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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"
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"Occasionally a student writer comes up with something really beautiful and moving, and you won't know for years if it was an accident or the first burst of something wonderful"
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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"
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"I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything. Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants"
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"A lot happens by accident in poetry"
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"The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job. My wife told me"
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"I liked the kid who wrote me that he had to do a term paper on a modern poet and he was doing me because, though they say you have to read poems twice, he found he could handle mine in one try"
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"History is one of those marvelous and necessary illusions we have to deal with. It's one of the ways of dealing with our world with impossible generalities which we couldn't live without"
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"For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again"
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"A teacher is a person who never says anything once"
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"I would talk in iambic pentameter if it were easier"
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"I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow"
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"When you write it doesn't occur to you that somebody could think different from what you do"
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"I have a plot, but not much happens"
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"I am not at all clear what free verse is anymore. That's one of the things you learn not to know"


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