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Howard Nemerov
February 29, 1920 - July 5, 1991
Nationality: American
Category: Poet
Subcategory: American Poet

A teacher is a person who never says anything once.


Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.


I think there's one thing which distinguishes our art - we don't consider. We don't think. We write a little verse because it comes to us.


We're not in love with Literature all the time - especially when you have to teach it every day.


I never abandoned either forms or freedom. I imagine that most of what could be called free verse is in my first book. I got through that fairly early.


I think there was a revolution in poetry, associated chiefly with Eliot and Pound; but maybe it is of the nature of revolutions or of the nature of history that their innovations should later come to look trivial or indistinguishable from technical tricks.


I've thought of the last line of some poems for years and tried them out, It wouldn't work because the last line was much too beautiful for the poem.


A chronicle is very different from history proper.


Shakespeare tells the same stories over and over in so many guises that it takes a long time before you notice.


When Robert Frost was alive, I was known as the other new England poet, which is to be barely known at all.


Language is remarkable, except under the extreme constraints of mathematics and logic, it never can talk only about what it's supposed to talk about but is always spreading around.


Language cares.

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The historian is terribly responsible to what he can discern are the facts of the case, but he's nothing if he doesn't make out a case.


I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.


When you write it doesn't occur to you that somebody could think different from what you do.


Obvious enough that generalities work to protect the mind from the great outdoors; is it possible that this was in fact their first purpose?


I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything. Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants.


For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again.


The spirit world doesn't admit to communicating with me, so it's fairly even.


When I was starting to write, the great influence was T.S. Eliot and after that William Butler Yeats.


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