Facts about John Drinkwater

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John Drinkwater was a famous Poet from England, who lived between June 1, 1882 and March 25, 1937. He/she became 54 years old.

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He/she is born under the zodiac gemini, who is known for Communication, Indecision, Inquisitive, Intelligent, Changeable. Our collection contains 20 quotes who is written / told by John.

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Famous quotes by John Drinkwater (20)


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"When the poet makes his perfect selection of a word, he is endowing the word with life"
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"We recognise in the finished art, which is the result of these conditions, the best words in the best order - poetry; and to put this essential poetry into different classes is impossible"
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"Great men are rare, poets are rarer, but the great man who is a poet, transfiguring his greatness, is the rarest of all events"
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"If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance can heighten its value as poetry"
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"To take an analogy: if we say that a democratic government is the best kind of government, we mean that it most completely fulfills the highest function of a government - the realisation of the will of the people"
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"To know anything of a poet but his poetry is, so far as the poetry is concerned, to know something that may be entertaining, even delightful, but is certainly inessential"
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"There can be no proof that Blake's lyric is composed of the best words in the best order; only a conviction, accepted by our knowledge and judgment, that it is so"
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"Any long work in which poetry is persistent, be it epic or drama or narrative, is really a succession of separate poetic experiences governed into a related whole by an energy distinct from that which evoked them"
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"The poet's perfect expression is the token of a perfect experience; what he says in the best possible way he has felt in the best possible way, that is, completely"
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"So it is in poetry. All we ask is that the mood recorded shall impress us as having been of the kind that exhausts the imaginative capacity; if it fails to do this the failure will announce itself either in prose or in insignificant verse"
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"Poe's saying that a long poem is a sequence of short ones is perfectly just"
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"The musician - if he be a good one - finds his own perception prompted by the poet's perception, and he translates the expression of that perception from the terms of poetry into the terms of music"
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"Poetry is the communication through words of certain experiences that can be communicated in no other way"
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"A lyric, it is true, is the expression of personal emotion, but then so is all poetry, and to suppose that there are several kinds of poetry, differing from each other in essence, is to be deceived by wholly artificial divisions which have no real being"
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"For while the subjects of poetry are few and recurrent, the moods of man are infinitely various and unstable. It is the same in all arts"
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"But in the finished art of the song the use of words has no connection with the use of words in poetry"
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"The written word is everything"
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"Poetry being the sign of that which all men desire, even though the desire be unconscious, intensity of life or completeness of experience, the universality of its appeal is a matter of course"
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"It should here be added that poetry habitually takes the form of verse"
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"It is commonly asserted and accepted that Paradise Lost is among the two or three greatest English poems; it may justly be taken as the type of supreme poetic achievement in our literature"


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