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Allen Tate

American,  Poet
Total Quotes : 26
Question Happen Come

How does one happen to write a poem: where does it come from? That is the question asked by the psychologists or the geneticists of poetry.

- Allen Tate

May Coherence Form

Dramatic experience is not logical; it may be subdued to the kind of coherence that we indicate when we speak, in criticism, of form.

- Allen Tate

Art Fact Confederate

Narcissism and the Confederate dead cannot be connected logically, or even historically; even were the connection an historical fact, they would not stand connected as art, for no one experiences raw history.

- Allen Tate

Change Shift Another

I believe the term modulation denotes in music the uninterrupted shift from one key to another: I do not know the term for change of rhythm without change of measure.

- Allen Tate

May More Deal

I am not ridiculing verbal mechanisms, dreams, or repressions as origins of poetry; all three of them and more besides may have a great deal to do with it.

- Allen Tate

Been Genetic Detachment

Genetic theories, I gather, have been cherished academically with detachment.

- Allen Tate

Critic Poem His

The only real evidence that any critic may bring before his gaze is the finished poem.

- Allen Tate

Innocent Panther Mansion

The innocent mansion of a panther's heart!

- Allen Tate

Reason Rationally Relieve

Serious poetry deals with the fundamental conflicts that cannot be logically resolved: we can state the conflicts rationally, but reason does not relieve us of them.

- Allen Tate

Men Expect Too

Men expect too much, do too little.

- Allen Tate

Reason Some Noses

For some reason most critics have a hard time fixing their minds directly under their noses, and before they see the object that is there they use a telescope upon the horizon to see where it came from.

- Allen Tate

Drama Means Natures

Experience means conflict, our natures being what they are, and conflict means drama.

- Allen Tate

Chance Honor More

At twelve I was determined to shoot only For honor; at twenty not to shoot at all; I know at thirty-three that one must shoot As often as one gets the rare chance - In killing there is more than commentary.

- Allen Tate

May Psychological Instance

A poem may be an instance of morality, of social conditions, of psychological history; it may instance all its qualities, but never one of them alone, nor any two or three; never less than all.

- Allen Tate

Question Poem Came

What is the poem, after it is written? That is the question. Not where it came from or why.

- Allen Tate

Think Career Prepare

The mission for the day is to encourage students to think beyond traditional career opportunities, prepare for future careers and entrance into the workplace.

- Allen Tate

Words Own Reader

In a manner of speaking, the poem is its own knower, neither poet nor reader knowing anything that the poem says apart from the words of the poem.

- Allen Tate

Life Perfect Other

So the poet, who wants to be something that he cannot be, and is a failure in plain life, makes up fictitious versions of his predicament that are interesting even to other persons because nobody is a perfect automobile salesman.

- Allen Tate

I Am Authority Appeal

But in our age the appeal to authority is weak, and I am of my age.

- Allen Tate

Spring Face New

The Spring I seek is in a new face only.

- Allen Tate