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Robert Penn Warren
(1905-1989) born on
Apr 24
US novelist, poet, critic, teacher. He was best-known for his treatment of moral dilemmas in a South beset by the erosion of traditional, rural values; first U.S. poet laureate, 1986.
         
   
F
The poem . . . is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see it is, rather, a light by which we may see and what we see is life.

R
The urge to write poetry is like having an itch. When the itch becomes annoying enough, you scratch it.
A
What is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding? It is the deepest part of autobiography.
N
How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.
K
Poets, we know, are terribly sensitive people, and in my observation one of the things they are most sensitive about is money.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Saturday Review," 22 Mar 1958.
R: In NY "Times," 16 Dec 1969.
A: "Poetry Is a Kind of Unconscious Autobiography" in NY "Times," 12 May 1985.
N: "Poetry Is a Kind of Unconscious Autobiography" in NY "Times," 12 May 1985.
K: The Saturday Review, 1964.
   


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