Graves – Some Perfect Quotes

May 27, 2009 § 5 Comments

shiel2_1_sizedThanks to a friend, some perfect quotes from Robert Graves:

 

“A perfect poem is impossible. Once it had been written, the world would end.”

 

“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 by hard fingers covered with rings.”

 

“Philosophy is antipoetic. Philosophize about mankind and you brush aside individual uniqueness, which a poet cannot do without self-damage. Unless, for a start, he has a strong personal rhythm to vary his metrics, he is nothing. Poets mistrust philosophy. They know that once the heads are counted, each owner of a head loses his personal identify and becomes a number in some government scheme: if not as a slave or serf, at least as a party to the device of majority voting, which smothers personal views.”

 

“To be a poet is a condition rather than a profession.”

                                                                                                                         Photo credit: Rab Sheill

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