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Joseph Brodsky
(1940-1996) born on
May 24
Russian-US poet. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987 for his important lyric and elegiac poems; first foreign-born US poet laureate, 1991.
         
   
F
Every writing career starts as a personal quest for sainthood, for self-betterment. Sooner or later, and as a rule quite soon, a man discovers that his pen accomplishes a lot more than his soul.

R
The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed.
A
For the poet the credo or doctrine is not the point of arrival but is, on the contrary, the point of departure for the metaphysical journey.
N
After all, it is hard to master both life and work equally well. So if you are bound to fake one of them, it had better be life.
K
Bad literature . . . is a form of treason.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Less Than One: Selected Essays, "The Power of the Elements" (1986; first published 1980).
R: Interview in Writers at Work (Eighth Series, ed. by George Plimpton, 1988), on the "worrying" fact that W. H. Auden was a formal churchgoer in later life.
A: Interview in Writers at Work (Eighth Series, ed. by George Plimpton, 1988).
N: Interview in Writers at Work (Eighth Series, ed. by George Plimpton, 1988).
K: In NY "Times," 1 Oct 72
   


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