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John Drinkwater – 13 Quotes

 

13 Quotes by John Drinkwater

 

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

– John Drinkwater


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


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


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


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


But in the finished art of the song the use of words has no connection with the use of words in poetry.

– John Drinkwater


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


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

– John Drinkwater


It should here be added that poetry habitually takes the form of verse.

– John Drinkwater


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


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


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


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