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Allen Tate, American Poet ( November 19, 1899 - February 9, 1979 )

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Men expect too much, do too little.~Allen Tate


Men Expect Too Much

The innocent mansion of a panther's heart!~Allen Tate


Heart Innocent Panther

What is the poem, after it is written? That is the question. Not where it came from or why.~Allen Tate


Question Why Poem

The mission for the day is to encourage students to think beyond traditional career opportunities, prepare for future careers and entrance into the workplace.~Allen Tate


Future Day Opportunities

Serious poetry deals with the fundamental conflicts that cannot be logically resolved: we can state the conflicts rationally, but reason does not relieve us of them.~Allen Tate


Poetry Reason Serious

Other psychological theories say a good deal about compensation.~Allen Tate


Good Say Compensation

Experience means conflict, our natures being what they are, and conflict means drama.~Allen Tate


Experience Conflict Drama

According to its doctors, my one intransigent desire is to have been a Confederate general, and because I could not or would not become anything else, I set up for poet and beg an to invent fictions about the personal ambitions that my society has no use for.~Allen Tate


Society Desire Confederate

We know the particular poem, not what it says that we can restate.~Allen Tate


Know Poem Restate

There is probably nothing wrong with art for art's sake if we take the phrase seriously, and not take it to mean the kind of poetry written in England forty years ago.~Allen Tate


Art Poetry Nothing

The only real evidence that any critic may bring before his gaze is the finished poem.~Allen Tate


May Real Evidence

So the poet, who wants to be something that he cannot be, and is a failure in plain life, makes up fictitious versions of his predicament that are interesting even to other persons because nobody is a perfect automobile salesman.~Allen Tate


Life Failure Perfect

Religion is the sole technique for the validating of values.~Allen Tate


Religion Values Sole

Poets, in their way, are practical men; they are interested in results.~Allen Tate


Men Results Way

Narcissism and the Confederate dead cannot be connected logically, or even historically; even were the connection an historical fact, they would not stand connected as art, for no one experiences raw history.~Allen Tate


Art History Stand

In a manner of speaking, the poem is its own knower, neither poet nor reader knowing anything that the poem says apart from the words of the poem.~Allen Tate


Words Knowing Own

I believe the term modulation denotes in music the uninterrupted shift from one key to another: I do not know the term for change of rhythm without change of measure.~Allen Tate


Change Music Believe

I am not ridiculing verbal mechanisms, dreams, or repressions as origins of poetry; all three of them and more besides may have a great deal to do with it.~Allen Tate


Dreams Poetry Great

How does one happen to write a poem: where does it come from? That is the question asked by the psychologists or the geneticists of poetry.~Allen Tate


Poetry Question Happen

Genetic theories, I gather, have been cherished academically with detachment.~Allen Tate


Detachment Academically

For some reason most critics have a hard time fixing their minds directly under their noses, and before they see the object that is there they use a telescope upon the horizon to see where it came from.~Allen Tate


Time Horizon Minds

Dramatic experience is not logical; it may be subdued to the kind of coherence that we indicate when we speak, in criticism, of form.~Allen Tate


Experience May Speak

But in our age the appeal to authority is weak, and I am of my age.~Allen Tate


Age I Am Authority

At twelve I was determined to shoot only For honor; at twenty not to shoot at all; I know at thirty-three that one must shoot As often as one gets the rare chance - In killing there is more than commentary.~Allen Tate


Honor Chance Know

A poem may be an instance of morality, of social conditions, of psychological history; it may instance all its qualities, but never one of them alone, nor any two or three; never less than all.~Allen Tate


History Alone May

The Spring I seek is in a new face only.~Allen Tate


Spring Face New