James Merrill - Quotes

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At college I'd seen my dead frog's limbs twitch under some applied stimulus or other - seen, but hadn't believed. Didn't dream of thinking beyond or around what I saw. ---->>>

And, as I have said, it's made me think twice about the imagination. If the spirits aren't external, how astonishing the mediums become! Victor Hugo said of his voices that they were like his own mental powers multiplied by five. ---->>>

The simplest science book is over my head. ---->>>

I'd like to think the scientists need us - but do they? Did Newton need Blake? ---->>>

Knowing some Greek helped defuse forbidding words - not that I counted much on using them. You'll find only trace elements of this language in the poem. ---->>>

Strange about parents. We have such easy access to them and such daunting problems of communication.

Strange about parents. We have such easy access to them and such daunting problems of communication.

Before trying a novel I wrote a couple of plays. ---->>>

But those two plays left me on fresh terms with language. I didn't always have to speak in my own voice. ---->>>

Arthur Young's Reflexive Universe - fascinating but too schematic to fit into my scheme. The most I could hope for was a sense of the vocabulary and some possible images. ---->>>

He puts his right hand lightly on the cup, I put my left, leaving the right free to transcribe, and away we go. We get, oh, 500 to 600 words an hour. Better than gasoline. ---->>>

In life, there are no perfect affections. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 03-03, 1926
Die: 02-06, 1995
Occupation: Poet

James Ingram Merrill (March 3, 1926 – February 6, 1995) was an American poet whose awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1977) for Divine Comedies (1976). His poetry falls into two distinct bodies of work: the polished and formalist lyric poetry of his early career, and the epic narrative of occult communication with spirits and angels, titled The Changing Light at Sandover (published in three volumes from 1976 to 1980), which dominated his later career (wikipedia)