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“The end of writing is the poem itself…”

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Richard Wilbur

When a poet is being a poet—that is, when he is writing or thinking about writing—he cannot be concerned with anything but the making of a poem. If the poem is to turn out well, the poet cannot have thought of whether it will be saleable, or of what its effect on the world should be; he cannot think of whether it will bring him honor, or advance a cause, or comfort someone in sorrow. All such considerations, whether silly or generous, would be merely intrusive; for, psychologically speaking, the end of writing is the poem itself.

Richard Wilbur

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January 19, 2013 at 9:50 am

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