William Carlos Williams Quote

The art of the poem nowadays is something unstable; but at least the construction of the poem should make sense; you should know where you stand. Many questions haven't been answered as yet. Our poets may be wrong; but what can any of us do with his talent but try to develop his vision, so that through frequent failures we may learn better what we have missed in the past.


Interview with Stanley Koehler (April 1962), in The Paris Review : Writers at Work, 3rd series, Viking Penguin, p. 29 ISBN 0-14-00.4542-2

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The art of the poem nowadays is something unstable; but at least the construction of the poem should make sense; you should know where you stand....

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The art of the poem nowadays is something unstable; but at least the construction of the poem should make sense; you should know where you stand....

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The art of the poem nowadays is something unstable; but at least the construction of the poem should make sense; you should know where you stand....

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The art of the poem nowadays is something unstable; but at least the construction of the poem should make sense; you should know where you stand....