Salvatore Quasimodo Quotes on Literature (13 Quotes)


    Poetry is also the physical self of the poet, and it is impossible to separate the poet from his poetry.

    From the night, his solitude, the poet finds day and starts a diary that is lethal to the inert. The dark landscape yields a dialogue.

    As the poet has expected, the alarms now are sounded, for - and it must be said again - the birth of a poet is always a threat to the existing cultural order, because he attempts to break through the circle of literary castes to reach the center.

    The poet does not fear death, not because he believes in the fantasy of heroes, but because death constantly visits his thoughts and is thus an image of a serene dialogue.

    Religious poetry, civic poetry, lyric or dramatic poetry are all categories of man's expression which are valid only if the endorsement of formal content is valid.


    According to them, the poet is confined to the provinces with his mouth broken on his own syllabic trapeze.

    My readers at that time were still men of letters; but there had to be other people waiting to read my poems.

    An exact poetic duplication of a man is for the poet a negation of the earth, an impossibility of being, even though his greatest desire is to speak to many men, to unite with them by means of harmonious verses about the truths of the mind or of things.

    He passes from lyric to epic poetry in order to speak about the world and the torment in the world through man, rationally and emotionally. The poet then becomes a danger.

    The Resistance is a moral certainty, not a poetic one. The true poet never uses words in order to punish someone. His judgment belongs to a creative order; it is not formulated as a prophetic scripture.

    The antagonism between the poet and the politician has generally been evident in all cultures.

    Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.

    The poet's other readers are the ancient poets, who look upon the freshly written pages from an incorruptible distance. Their poetic forms are permanent, and it is difficult to create new forms which can approach them.


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