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Today not even a universal fire could make the torrential poetic production of our time disappear. But it is exactly a question of production, that…
There is also poetry written to be shouted in a square in front of an enthusiastic crowd. This occurs especially in countries where authoritarian regimes…
There is poetry even in prose, in all the great prose which is not merely utilitarian or didactic: there exist poets who write in prose…
Art is the production of objects for consumption, to be used and discarded while waiting for a new world in which man will have succeeded…
It has often been observed that the repercussion of poetic language on prose language can be considered a decisive cut of a whip.
Many of today’s verses are prose and bad prose.
However, poetry does not live solely in books or in school anthologies.
Evidently the arts, all the visual arts, are becoming more democratic in the worst sense of the word.
But poets were not considered dangerous and they were advised to exercise self-censorship. At most, poets were requested not to write at all. I took…
The poet does not know – often he will never know – whom he really writes for.
Narrative art, the novel, from Murasaki to Proust, has produced great works of poetry.
Strangely, Dante’s Divine Comedy did not produce a prose of that creative height or it did so after centuries.
I do not go in search of poetry. I wait for poetry to visit me.
Man cannot produce a single work without the assistance of the slow, assiduous, corrosive worm of thought.
For my part, if I consider poetry as an object, I maintain that it is born of the necessity of adding a vocal sound (speech)…
True poetry is similar to certain pictures whose owner is unknown and which only a few initiated people know.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
In reality art is always for everyone and for no one.
Mass communication, radio, and especially television, have attempted, not without success, to annihilate every possibility of solitude and reflection.
Against the dark background of this contemporary civilization of well-being, even the arts tend to mingle, to lose their identity.
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