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Thus, the poet’s word is beginning to strike forcefully upon the hearts of all men, while absolute men of letters think that they alone live…
The poet’s other readers are the ancient poets, who look upon the freshly written pages from an incorruptible distance. Their poetic forms are permanent, and…
The poet does not fear death, not because he believes in the fantasy of heroes, but because death constantly visits his thoughts and is thus…
Even a polemic has some justification if one considers that my own first poetic experiments began during a dictatorship and mark the origin of the…
Religious power, which, as I have already said, frequently identifies itself with political power, has always been a protagonist of this bitter struggle, even when…
At the point when continuity was interrupted by the first nuclear explosion, it would have been too easy to recover the formal sediment which linked…
As the poet has expected, the alarms now are sounded, for – and it must be said again – the birth of a poet is…
An exact poetic duplication of a man is for the poet a negation of the earth, an impossibility of being, even though his greatest desire…
Religious poetry, civic poetry, lyric or dramatic poetry are all categories of man’s expression which are valid only if the endorsement of formal content is…
In opposition to this detachment, he finds an image of man which contains within itself man’s dreams, man’s illness, man’s redemption from the misery of…
Poetry is also the physical self of the poet, and it is impossible to separate the poet from his poetry.
My readers at that time were still men of letters; but there had to be other people waiting to read my poems.
After the turbulence of death, moral principles and even religious proofs are called into question.
According to them, the poet is confined to the provinces with his mouth broken on his own syllabic trapeze.
A poet clings to his own tradition and avoids internationalism.
The writer of stories or of novels settles on men and imitates them; he exhausts the possibilities of his characters.
The poet’s spoken discourse often depends on a mystique, on the spiritual freedom that finds itself enslaved on earth.
Europeans know the importance of the Resistance; it has been the shining example of the modern conscience.
The Resistance is a moral certainty, not a poetic one. The true poet never uses words in order to punish someone. His judgment belongs to…
We wrote verses that condemned us, with no hope of pardon, to the most bitter solitude.
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