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Brief author info: Karl Shapiro (1913-2000) American poet, critic, editor.
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How something important happens is the business of historians and newspapers, the effect it has is the business of philosophers and writers and especially poets.
A man's house is his stage. Others walk on to play their bit parts. Now and again a soliloquy, a birth, an adultery.
Lawyers love paper. They eat, sleep and dream paper. They turn paper into gold, and their files are colorful and their language neoclassical and calli-graphically bewigged.
The proverbist knows nothing of the two sides of a question. He knows only the roundness of answers.
To make the child in your own image is a capital crime, for your image is not worth repeating. The child knows this and you know it. Consequently you hate each other.
Poets of course are even more unpredictable than other writers, overwhelmed as they are by the moment they inhabit and finding it difficult to connect yesterday with tomorrow.
Self-knowledge is a dangerous thing, tending to make man shallow or insane.
Every war is its own excuse. That's why they're all surrounded with ideals. That's why they're all crusades.
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