You can be a little ungrammatical if you come from the right part of the country.
The promising young poets, the hopefuls? I'd name Richard Wilbur, Peter Viereck, Karl Shapiro, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, John Ciardi...Leonard Bacon...but it is still too early to assertions. They're all 'in the field.' It remains to be seen how many will cross the finish line.
A poem is never a put-up job, so to speak. It begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It is never a thought to begin with.
The heart's gone out of it, why keep it up.
What but design of darkness to appall?- If design govern in a thing so small.
If you don't know how great this country is, I know someone who does; Russia.
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
We shall be known by the delicacy of where we stop short.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
I'm not confused. I'm just well mixed.
A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity.
All the fun's in how you say a thing.
Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother's always a Democrat.
I sha'n't catch up in this world, anyway. I'd rather you'd not go unless you must.
The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
There are no two things as important to us in life and in art as being threatened and being saved. What are ideals of form for if we aren't going to be made to fear for them? All our ingenuity is lavished on getting into danger legitimately so that we may be genuinely rescued.
A man must partly give up being a man With women-folk.