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Robert Graves
(1895-1985) born on
Jul 26
English novelist, poet, writer. He authored more than 120 novels, books of poetry and criticism; best known for his historical novel, "I, Claudius," 1934.
I believe that every English poet should read the English classics, master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them, travel abroad, experience the horror of sordid passion and if he is lucky enough know the love of an honest woman.

Poetry is no more a narcotic than a stimulant; it is a universal bittersweet mixture for all possible household emergencies and its action varies accordingly as it is taken in a wineglass or a tablespoon, inhaled, gargled or rubbed on the chest . . .
When the days of rejoicing are over,
When the flags are stowed safely away,
They will dream of another wild 'War to End Wars'
And another wild Armistice day.
The thundering text, the snivelling commentary.
If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Lecture at Oxford; in "Time," 15 Dec 61
R: In NY "Times," 9 Oct 60
A: Armistice Day, 1918."
N: Ogres and Pygmies
K: speech, Dec. 6, 1963

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