10 Great Quotes About Poets, Poetry, and Writing by Robert Graves

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“There is no such thing as good writing, only good rewriting.”

“There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either.”

“Every English poet should master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them.”

“The poet’s first rule must be never to bore his readers; and his best way of keeping this rule is never to bore himself-which, of course, means to write only when he has something urgent to say.”

“Fact is not truth, but a poet who wilfully defies fact cannot achieve truth.”

“To be a poet is a condition rather than a profession.”

“No poem is worth anything unless it starts from a poetic trance, out of which you can be wakened by interruption as from a dream. In fact, it is the same thing.”

“If I thought that any poem of mine could have been written by anyone else, either a contemporary or a forerunner, I should suppress it with a blush; and I should do the same if I ever found I were imitating myself. Every poem should be new, unexpected, inimitable, and incapable of being parodied.”

“I don’t really feel my poems are mine at all. I didn’t create them out of nothing. I owe them to my relations with other people.”

“A perfect poem is impossible. Once it had been written, the world would end.”

— Robert Graves

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