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Togiveasenseofthefreshnessorvividnessoflifeisavalidpurpose
forpoetry.Adidacticpurposejustifiesitselfinthemindofthe
teacheraphilosophicalpurposejustifiesitselfinthemindofthe
philosopher.Itisnotthatonepurposeisasjustifiableasanotherbut
thatsomepurposesarepure,othersimpure.Seekthosepurposes
thatarepurelythepurposesofthepurepoet.
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Literatureisthebetterpartoflife.Tothisitseemsinvariably
necessarytoadd,providedlifeisthebetterpartofliterature.
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Afteronehasabandonedabeliefingod,poetryisthatessencewhich
takesitsplaceaslife'sredemption.
Art,broadly,istheformoflifeorthesoundorcoloroflife.
Consideredasform(intheabstract)itisoftenindistinguishablefrom
lifeitself.
Thepoetseemstoconferhisidentityonthereader.Itiseasierto
recognizethiswhenlisteningtomusicImeanthissortofthing:the
transference.
Accuracyofobservationistheequivalentofaccuracyofthinking.
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Thecollectingofpoetryfromone'sexperienceasonegoesalongis
notthesamethingasmerelywritingpoetry.
Therelationofarttolifeisofthefirstimportanceespeciallyina
skepticalagesince,intheabsenceofabeliefinGod,themindturns
toitsowncreationsandexaminesthem,notalonefromtheaesthetic
pointofview,butforwhattheyreveal,forwhattheyvalidateand
invalidate,forthesupportthattheygive.
Agrandiosesubjectisnotanassuranceofagrandioseeffectbut,
mostlikely,oftheopposite.
Artinvolvesvastlymorethanthesenseofbeauty.
Lifeisthereflectionofliterature.
Aslifegrowsmoreterrible,itsliteraturegrowsmoreterrible.
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Theimaginationwishestobeindulged.
Anewmeaningistheequivalentofanewword.
Poetryisnotpersonal.
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Adeadromanticisafalsification.
Theromanticcannotbeseenthrough:itisforthemomentwillingly
notseenthrough.
Poetryisameansofredemption.
Poetryisaformofmelancholia.Orrather,inmelancholy,itisoneof
the"aultreschosessoalatieuses."
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Therealisonlythebase,butitisthebase.
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Thepoemrevealsitselfonlytotheignorantman.
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Therelationbetweenthepoetryofexperienceandthepoetryof
rhetoricisnotthesamethingastherelationbetweenthepoetryof
realityandthatoftheimagination.Experience,atleastinthecaseof
apoetofanyscope,ismuchbroaderthanreality.
Toalargeextent,theproblemofpoetsaretheproblemsofpainters,
andpoetsmustoftenturntotheliteratureofpaintingfora
discussionoftheirownproblems.
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Abstractionisapartofidealism.Itisinthatsensethatitisugly.
Inpoetryatleasttheimaginationmustnotdetachitselffromreality.
Notallobjectsareequal.Theviceofimagismwasthatitdidnot
recognizethis.
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Allpoetryisexperimentalpoetry.
Thebareimageandtheimageasasymbolarethecontrast:theimage
withoutmeaningandtheimageasmeaning.Whentheimageisused
tosuggestsomethingelse,itissecondary.Poetryasanimaginative
thingconsistsofmorethanliesonthesurface.
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Inpoetry,youmustlovethewords,theideasandtheimagesand
rhythmswithallyourcapacitytoloveanythingatall.
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Itisthebeliefandnotthegodthatcounts.
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Whatweseeinthemindisasrealtousaswhatweseebytheeye.
Poetrymustbeirrational.
Thepurposeofpoetryistomakelifecompleteinitself.
Poetryincreasesthefeelingforreality.
Themindisnothinginlifeexceptwhatonethinksofit.
Thereisnothinginlifeexceptwhatonethinksofit.
Thereisnothingbeautifulinlifeexceptlife.
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Thereisnowinglikemeaning.
Consider:
1.)Thatthewholeworldismaterialforpoetry.
2.)Thatthereisnotaspecificallypoeticmaterial.
Onereadspoetrywithone'snerves.
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Sentimentalityisafailureoffeeling.
Theimaginationistheromantic.
Poetryisnotthesamethingastheimaginationtakenalone.Nothing
isitselftakenalone.Thingsarebecauseofinterrelationsor
interactions.
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Thefinalbeliefistobelieveinafiction,whichyouknowtobea
fiction,therebeingnothingelse.Theexquisitetruthistoknowthatit
isafictionandthatyoubelieveitwillingly.
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Wineandmusicarenotgooduntilafternoon.Butpoetryislike
prayerinthatitismosteffectiveinsolitudeandinthetimesof
solitudeas,forexample,intheearliestmorning.
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Poetryisapoeticconception,howeverexpressed.Apoemispoetry
expressedinwords.Butinapoemthereisapoetryofwords.
Obviously,apoemmayconsistofseveralpoetries.
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Ethicsarenomoreapartofpoetrythantheyareofpainting.
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Asthereasondestroys,thepoetmustcreate.
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Itisnoteverydaythattheworldarrangesitselfinapoem.
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Theaestheticorderincludesallotherordersbutisnotlimitedto
them.
Religionisdependentonfaith.Butaestheticsisindependentoffaith.
Therelativepositionsofthetwomightbereversed.Itispossibleto
establishaestheticsintheindividualmindasimmeasurablyagreater
thingthanreligion.Itspresentstateistheresultofthedifficultyof
establishingitexceptintheindividualmind.
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Poetryisapurgingoftheworld'spovertyandchangeandeviland
death.Itisapresentperfecting,asatisfactionintheirremediable
povertyoflife.
Poetryisthescholar'sart.
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Tostudyandtounderstandthefictiveworldisthefunctionofthe
poet.
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Godisasymbolforsomethingthatcanaswelltakeotherforms,as,
forexample,theformofhighpoetry.
ThetimewillcomewhenpoemslikeParadisewillseemverytriste
contraptions.
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Realityisavacuum.
Allmenaremurderers.
Thewordmustbethethingitrepresentsotherwise,itisasymbol.It
isaquestionofidentity.
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Indramaticpoetrytheimaginationattachesitselftoaheightened
reality.
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Theremustbesomethingofthepeasantineverypoet.
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Thepoetisthepriestoftheinvisible.
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Metaphorcreatesanewrealityfromwhichtheoriginalappearstobe
unreal.
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Romanticismistopoetrywhatthedecorativeistopainting.
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Apoemisacafe.(Restoration.)
Poetsacquirehumility.
Thoughttendstocollectinpools.
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Lifeisnotfreefromitsforms.
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Wehavemadetoomuchoflife.Ajournaloflifeisrarelyajournalof
happiness.
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Poetrysometimescrownsthesearchforhappiness.Itisitselfa
searchforhappiness.
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Esthetiqueisthemeasureofacivilizationnotthesolemeasure,but
ameasure.
Poetrymustresisttheintelligencealmostsuccessfully.
Theromanticexistsinprecisionaswellasinimprecision.
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Achangeofstyleisachangeofsubject.
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Theromanticisthefirstphaseof(anonpejorative)lunacy.
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Thepoetisagod,or,theyoungpoetisagod.Theoldpoetisatramp.
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Ihavenolifeexceptinpoetry.Nodoubtthatwouldbetrueifmy
wholelifewasfreeforpoetry.
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NothingcouldbemoreinappropriatetoAmericanliteraturethanits
EnglishsourcesincetheAmericansarenotBritishinsensibility.
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FrenchandEnglishconstituteasinglelanguage.
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Themomentumofthemindisalltowardabstraction.
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Inthelongrunthetruthdoesnotmatter.

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