What has praise and fame to do with poetry? Was not writing poetry a secret transaction, a voice answering a voice? So that all this chatter and praise, and blame and meeting people who admired one and meeting people who did not admire one was as ill suited as could be to the thing itself- a voice answering a voice.
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To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.
He turned from the sight of human ignorance and human fate and the sea eating the ground we stand on, which, had he been able to contemplate it fixedly might have led to something; and found consolation in trifles so slight compared with the august theme just now before him that he was disposed to slur that comfort over, to deprecate it, as if to be caught happy in a world of misery was for an honest man the most despicable of crimes.
Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry.
Who shall measure the hat and violence of the poet's heart when caught and tangled in a woman's body?
It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple: one must be a woman manly, or a man womanly.
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