Famous quotes containing the word poem:

    A poem ... begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.... It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    The poem goes from the poet’s gibberish to
    The gibberish of the vulgate and back again.
    Does it move to and fro or is it of both
    At once? Is it a luminous flittering
    Or the concentration of a cloudy day?
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

    A poem should be palpable and mute
    As a globed fruit,
    As old medallions to the thumb,
    Archibald MacLeish (1892–1982)