Edward Hirsch, American Poet ( January 20, 1950 - )

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One of the things that happens to everyone who is grief-stricken, who has lost someone, is there comes a time when everyone else just wants you to get over it, but of course you don't get over it. You get stronger; you try and live on; you endure; you change; but you don't get over it. You carry it with you.~Edward Hirsch

Change Time Lost

I aspire to a poetry of great formal integrity, deep passion and high intellect, and I have many models for how to do that.~Edward Hirsch

Deep Integrity Passion

There's never been a culture without poetry in the history of the world.~Edward Hirsch

History Culture Poetry

The muse, the beloved, and duende are three ways of thinking of what is the source of poetry, and all three seem to me different names or different ways to think about something that is not entirely reasonable, not entirely subject to the will, not entirely rational.~Edward Hirsch

Poetry Thinking Me

Poetry is meant to inspire readers and listeners, to connect them more deeply to themselves even as it links them more fully to others. But many people feel put off by the terms of poetry, its odd vocabulary, its notorious difficulty.~Edward Hirsch

Poetry Inspire People

Daydreaming is one of the key sources of poetry - a poem often starts as a daydream that finds its way into language - and walking seems to bring a different sort of alertness, an associative kind of thinking, a drifting state of mind.~Edward Hirsch

Poetry Walking Thinking

The Portuguese and Galician term 'saudade' suggests a profoundly bittersweet nostalgia.~Edward Hirsch

Nostalgia Bittersweet

Life has to have the plenitude of art.~Edward Hirsch

Life Art

It's absolutely crucial to maintain my life as a poet.~Edward Hirsch

Life My Life Absolutely

Poetry takes courage because you have to face things and you try to articulate how you feel.~Edward Hirsch

Courage Poetry You

The elegy does the work of mourning; it allows us to experience mortality. It turns loss into remembrance, and it delivers an inheritance.~Edward Hirsch

Work Experience Loss

In every culture, in every language, there is expressive play, expressive word play; there's language use to different purposes that we would call poetry.~Edward Hirsch

Culture Poetry Language

As far as I'm concerned, freedom is the most important thing to creativity. You should feel free to write in whatever way, whatever language, feels comfortable to you.~Edward Hirsch

Freedom Creativity

Rhythm is sound in motion. It is related to the pulse, the heartbeat, the way we breathe. It rises and falls. It takes us into ourselves; it takes us out of ourselves.~Edward Hirsch

Way Sound Breathe

Each book should be an entity unto itself, with its own structure, character, life, name.~Edward Hirsch

Life Character Book

Our culture has become increasingly intolerant of that acute sorrow, that intense mental anguish and deep remorse which may be defined as grief. We want to medicate such sorrow away.~Edward Hirsch

Deep Culture May

Poetry is a vocation. It is not a career but a calling.~Edward Hirsch

Poetry Career Vocation

Throughout his work, Philip Levine's most powerful commitment has been to the failed and lost, the marginal, the unloved, the unwanted.~Edward Hirsch

Work Powerful Commitment

There are still many tribal cultures where poetry and song, there is just one word for them. There are other cultures with literacy where poetry and song are distinguished. But poetry always remembers that it has its origins in music.~Edward Hirsch

Music Poetry Song

Someone who's awake in the middle of the night is a soul consciousness when everyone else is asleep, and that creates a feeling of solitude in poetry that I very much like.~Edward Hirsch

Poetry Night Soul

You're trying to write about something that's sacred. You're trying to bring the seriousness of life and death to it, and you're trying to find a way to dramatize it, and you're trying to give language to it, which is inadequate. But it's important to try.~Edward Hirsch

Life Death Language

Depression is a feeling without a cause. Mourning has a cause.~Edward Hirsch

Depression Feeling Without

I don't think you can read poetry while you're watching television very well.~Edward Hirsch

Poetry Television You

Poets have always celebrated grief as one of the deepest human emotions.~Edward Hirsch

Grief Emotions Deepest

I'm a poet, and I spent my life in poetry.~Edward Hirsch

Life Poetry My Life

As soon as something happens to us in America, everyone begins talking about healing. But before you heal, you have to mourn.~Edward Hirsch

Healing America You