- When Roethke read his favorites aloud (Yeats, Hopkins, Auden, …) the students could feel themselves falling in love with the sounds of the words. He gave students a love of the sound of language. His classes were clinics. He performed therapy on the ear.
- Good poets have obsessive ears. They love certain sounds and not others.
- Quest for a self is fundamental to poetry.
- The good poems say: This is how I feel. With luck that’s true, but usually it’s not. More often the poem is the way the poet says he feels when he can’t find out what his real feelings are. It makes little difference to the reader, since a good poem sounds meant enough to be believed.
- Roethke said: Write like somebody else.
- There are those usual people who try desperately to appear unusual, and there are unusual people who try to appear usual. Most poets I’ve met are from the latter –
- If you are really strange you are always in enemy territory, and your constant concern is survival.
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