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Stephen Spender
(1909-1995) born on
Sep 28
English poet, critic. His poems expressing the politically conscience-stricken, leftist "new writing" of the 1930s period.
The greatest poets are those with memories so great that they extend beyond their strongest experiences to their minutest observations of people and things far outside their own self-centeredness.

When you read and understand a poem, comprehending its rich and formal meanings, then you master chaos a little.
Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do.
I think continually of those who were truly great -
The names of those who in their lives fought for life,
Who wore at their hearts the fire's centre.
There is a certain justice in criticism. The critic is like a midwife a tyrannical midwife.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: From "Charles Daney's Quotation Collection," an internet collection of quotations.," an internet collection of quotations.
R: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
A: In NY "Times," 26 Mar 61
N: I Think Continually of Those Who Were Truly Great."
K: Lecturing at Brooklyn College; in NY "Times," 20 Nov 84

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