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Today not even a universal fire could make the torrential poetic production of our time disappear. But it is exactly a question of production, that is, of hand-made products which are subject to the laws of taste and fashion.

I have been judged to be a pessimist but what abyss of ignorance and low egoism is not hidden in one who thinks that Man is the god of himself and that his future can only be triumphant?

For my part, if I consider poetry as an object, I maintain that it is born of the necessity of adding a vocal sound (speech) to the hammering of the first tribal music.

Against the dark background of this contemporary civilization of well-being, even the arts tend to mingle, to lose their identity.

In reality art is always for everyone and for no one.

Strangely, Dante's Divine Comedy did not produce a prose of that creative height or it did so after centuries.

Mass communication, radio, and especially television, have attempted, not without success, to annihilate every possibility of solitude and reflection.

Evidently the arts, all the visual arts, are becoming more democratic in the worst sense of the word.

However, poetry does not live solely in books or in school anthologies.

I do not go in search of poetry. I wait for poetry to visit me.

I have always knocked at the door of that wonderful and terrible enigma which is life.

It has often been observed that the repercussion of poetic language on prose language can be considered a decisive cut of a whip.

Man cannot produce a single work without the assistance of the slow, assiduous, corrosive worm of thought.

Many of today's verses are prose and bad prose.

Narrative art, the novel, from Murasaki to Proust, has produced great works of poetry.

Poetry is the art which is technically within the grasp of everyone: a piece of paper and a pencil and one is ready.

Slowly poetry becomes visual because it paints images, but it is also musical: it unites two arts into one.

The poet does not know - often he will never know - whom he really writes for.

This proves that great lyric poetry can die, be reborn, die again, but will always remain one of the most outstanding creations of the human soul.

Too many lives are needed to make just one.