Helen Vendler

Helen Vendler

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Author Profession: US Critic
Born: April 30, 1933
Age: 83 years old
Birth Sign: Taurus

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I like art history and art criticism. Leo Steinberg has always been my favorite. He's very original, very accurate and acute.

I liked teaching Henry James. When you look down at a Henry James novel from a helicopter height, you find an intricate spider web that all clings together.

I think that a lot of things are hard to read if you're not in the vocabulary flow of that particular discourse. I sometimes forget that even though the words I'm using are fairly ordinary words, the concepts around which they cluster, which are the long concepts of literary tradition, may not be familiar to an audience.

I was unnerved to learn in my twenties that the poems of Emily Dickinson that I had memorized as a girl were not the poems as she had written them.

I wouldn't be very happy if a poet read what I had written and said, 'What a peculiar thing to say about this work of mine.'

If you like the precision and concision of poetry, a page of prose is unsatisfying in a certain way. And poetry is so direct.

The art of utterance persuades initially by its music and its rhythm, before semiotic or personal characteristics come into play.

There are not many poets whose fame rests on a single work.

Twentieth-century American poetry has been one of the glories of modern literature.

When I first heard Wallace Stevens' voice, it was by chance: a friend wanted to listen to the recording he had made for the Harvard Vocarium Series.

I always write after I think for quite a long time, so the actual writing time is rather short. I think a lot of the work gets done when you have something on your mind while you're doing many other things.

I believe that poems are a score for performance by the reader, and that you become the speaking voice. You don't read or overhear the voice in the poem - you are the voice in the poem.

I would like to spend more time with Spanish poetry. I know French better than Spanish, but Spanish was my first language, and my father spoke it to us.

My definition of a friend is somebody who adores you even though they know the things you're most ashamed of. Jodie Foster

You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like, people who have a nice conversation. There are so many positive things to think about. Sophia Loren

I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you're grateful, you'll see God open up new doors. Joel Osteen quotes

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