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Good writing gives energy, whatever it is about. But the fact that writers are dealing with essential issues...I think that's a necessary integration of literary writing with what's actually going on in our world. - Marilyn Hacker

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I don't want to write poems that aren't necessary. - Maxine Kumin

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Stephen Spender

B. 1909 D. 1995

2 poems available

Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do. - Stephen Spender

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Austin Clarke

B. 1896 D. 1974

Burn Ovid with the rest. Lovers will find/ A hedge-school for themselves and learn by heart/ All that the clergy banish from the mind,/ When hands are joined and head bows in the dark. - 'Penal Law' by Austin Clarke

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Poetry is a way of living...a human activity like baking bread or playing basketball. - Robert Hass

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Robert Pinsky has what I think Shakespeare must have had: dexterity combined with worldliness, the magician's dazzling quickness fused with subtle intelligence... - Louise Gluck

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I'm always working with things that I don't understand - with the unconscious, the invisible. And trying to find a way to translate it. - Jean Valentine

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Robert Lowell

B. 1917 D. 1977

2 poems available

If we see light at the end of the tunnel / It's the light of the oncoming train. - Robert Lowell

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Hilaire Belloc

B. 1870 D. 1953

2 poems available

When I am dead, I hope it may be said, 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.' - Hilaire Belloc

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Robert Minhinnick is the leading Welsh poet of his generation. - The Sunday Times

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Rita Dove

B. 1952

4 poems available

I believe even 5-year-olds can get something from a Shakespearean sonnet...as long as you DON'T tell them, 'This is really hard.' - Rita Dove

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W. H. Auden

B. 1907 D. 1973

3 poems available

Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead. - W. H. Auden

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