Born Thursday 2 October 1879, died Tuesday 2 August 1955
If poetry should address itself to the same needs and aspirations, the same hopes and fears, to which the Bible addresses itself, it might rival it in distribution.
Our bloom is gone. We are the fruit thereof.
The reason can give nothing at all Like the response to desire.
As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible.
The point of vision and desire are the same.
It can never be satisfied, the mind, never.
One's ignorance is one's chief asset.
The fire burns as the novel taught it how.
The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening.
Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.
In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.
How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture.
Reality is not what it is. It consists of the many realities which it can be made into.
We say God and the imagination are one... How high that highest candle lights the dark.
The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence.
Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them.
The way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it.
In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.
The poet is the priest of the invisible.