Quotes by: Edward Hirsch

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External video
Interview with Edward Hirsch at BigThink.com February 25, 2010, 34 mins, video.
Edward Hirsch on falling in love with poetry, HoCoPoLitSo, May 1, 2012
A Conversation on Writing with Edward Hirsch, Connec Literature, May 7, 2012

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
The commitment to working at poetry is important because a poet is a maker, and a poem is a made thing. We have to honor our feelings by working to transform them into something meaningful and lasting.
Edward Hirsch
When I was young, I wrote everything, and I thought I would be an all around writer, that I would write everything.
Edward Hirsch
Once your poems are completed, you send them into the world. You don't write for a coterie of other writers - you write for other human beings.
Edward Hirsch
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
When I taught at the University of Houston in the Creative Writing program, we required the poets to take workshops in fiction writing, and we required the fiction writers to take workshops in poetry.
Edward Hirsch
The very good thing about MFA programs is their democratizing. They bring a lot of different people to the table.
Edward Hirsch
The Portuguese and Galician term 'saudade' suggests a profoundly bittersweet nostalgia.
Edward Hirsch
You are always trying to make something that is more than the sum of its parts.
Edward Hirsch
The idea of how to read a poem is based on the idea that poetry needs you as a reader. That the experience of poetry, the meaning in poetry, is a kind of circuit that takes place between a poet, a poem and a reader, and that meaning doesn't exist or inhere in poems alone.
Edward Hirsch
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
When poetry separates from song, then the words have to carry all the rhythm themselves; they have to do all the work. They can't rely on the singing voice.
Edward Hirsch
I started writing poetry as a teenager in suburban Chicago out of emotional desperation.
Edward Hirsch
A person who's only suffering can't write a poem. There are choices to be made, and you need to be objective.
Edward Hirsch
'Liberty Brass' is a small machine that unfolds in a single unpunctuated wave, which is interrupted by the rotating sign, the refrain. Each part is meant to do its work in relentless progression.
Edward Hirsch
The line is a way of framing poetry. All verse is measured by lines. The poetic line immediately announces its difference from everyday speech and prose.
Edward Hirsch
I don't think you can read poetry while you're watching television very well.
Edward Hirsch
I found a comfort in trying to solve some poetic problems because there were human ones I just couldn't solve.
Edward Hirsch
I believe in rooting poems in actual places, even if you move into some other extraordinary realm.
Edward Hirsch
Anyone who has lost a child will tell you that they don't recover their sense of endless possibility. Some people hide that well. But after a certain age, almost everyone is carrying something like that around, I suppose.
Edward Hirsch
Poetry takes place in time. It is a durational. Things take place in sequence.
Edward Hirsch
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