James Schuyler - Quotes

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I do not usually revise much, though I often cut, particularly the end or toward the end of a poem. ---->>>

However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence, there can't be much to it.

However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence, there can't be much to it.

One tends to write beyond what's needed. ---->>>

It is always pleasant to learn that someone takes an interest in a work which one enjoyed writing. ---->>>

To change your phrase somewhat, I know that I like an art where disparate elements form an entity. ---->>>

In the past I have declined to comment on my own work: because, it seems to me, a poem is what it is; because a poem is itself a definition, and to try to redefine it is to be apt to falsify it; and because the author is the person least able to consider his work objectively. ---->>>

The aim of the poet, or other artist, is first to make something; and it's impossible to make something out of words and not communicate. ---->>>

It seems to me that readers sometimes make the genesis of a poem more mysterious than it is (by that I perhaps mean, think of it as something outside their own experience). ---->>>

Well, if this is poetry, I'm certainly never going to write any myself. ---->>>

However, intention needn't enter in, and if a reader sees things in a religious way, and the work is dogmatically acceptable, then I don't see why it should not be interpreted in that way, as well as in others. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 11-09, 1923
Die: 04-12, 1991
Occupation: Poet

James Marcus Schuyler (November 9, 1923 – April 12, 1991) was an American poet whose awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 1980 collection The Morning of the Poem. He was a central figure in the New York School and is often associated with fellow New York School poets John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch, and Barbara Guest (wikipedia)