John Drinkwater Quotes

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Born: June 1, 1882, Leytonstone, London, England, UK
Birth Country: England, UK
Died: London, England, UK, March 25, 1937
Occupation: Author, Poet, Dramatist

1.
A lyric, it is true, is the expression of personal emotion, but then so is all poetry, and to suppose that there are several kinds of poetry, differing from each other in essence, is to be deceived by wholly artificial divisions which have no real being.
- John Drinkwater

2.
Any long work in which poetry is persistent, be it epic or drama or narrative, is really a succession of separate poetic experiences governed into a related whole by an energy distinct from that which evoked them.
- John Drinkwater

3.
But in the finished art of the song the use of words has no connection with the use of words in poetry.
- John Drinkwater

4.
For while the subjects of poetry are few and recurrent, the moods of man are infinitely various and unstable. It is the same in all arts.
- John Drinkwater

5.
If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance can heighten its value as poetry.
- John Drinkwater

6.
It should here be added that poetry habitually takes the form of verse.
- John Drinkwater

7.
Poetry being the sign of that which all men desire, even though the desire be unconscious, intensity of life or completeness of experience, the universality of its appeal is a matter of course.
- John Drinkwater

8.
Poetry is the communication through words of certain experiences that can be communicated in no other way.
- John Drinkwater

9.
So it is in poetry. All we ask is that the mood recorded shall impress us as having been of the kind that exhausts the imaginative capacity if it fails to do this the failure will announce itself either in prose or in insignificant verse.
- John Drinkwater

10.
The musician - if he be a good one - finds his own perception prompted by the poet's perception, and he translates the expression of that perception from the terms of poetry into the terms of music.
- John Drinkwater

11.
There can be no proof that Blake's lyric is composed of the best words in the best order only a conviction, accepted by our knowledge and judgment, that it is so.
- John Drinkwater

12.
To know anything of a poet but his poetry is, so far as the poetry is concerned, to know something that may be entertaining, even delightful, but is certainly inessential.
- John Drinkwater

13.
We recognise in the finished art, which is the result of these conditions, the best words in the best order - poetry and to put this essential poetry into different classes is impossible.
- John Drinkwater

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