Author: Salvatore Quasimodo - Italian - Author

A poet clings to his own tradition and avoids internationalism.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Avoids Clings His Internationalism Own Poet Tradition] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

According to them, the poet is confined to the provinces with his mouth broken on his own syllabic trapeze.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ According Broken Confined His Mouth Own Poet Provinces Them Trapeze] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

After the turbulence of death, moral principles and even religious proofs are called into question.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ After Called Death Even Into Moral Principles Proofs Question Religious Turbulence] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

An exact poetic duplication of a man is for the poet a negation of the earth, an impossibility of being, even though his greatest desire is to speak to many men, to unite with them by means of harmonious verses about the truths of the mind or of things.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Being Desire Duplication Earth Even Exact Greatest Harmonious His Impossibility Man Many Means Men Mind Negation Poet Poetic Speak Them Things Though Truths Unite Verses] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

As the poet has expected, the alarms now are sounded, for - and it must be said again - the birth of a poet is always a threat to the existing cultural order, because he attempts to break through the circle of literary castes to reach the center.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Again Alarms Always Attempts Because Birth Break Center Circle Cultural Existing Expected Literary Must Now Order Poet Reach Said Sounded Threat Through] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

At the point when continuity was interrupted by the first nuclear explosion, it would have been too easy to recover the formal sediment which linked us with an age of poetic decorum, of a preoccupation with poetic sounds.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Age Been Continuity Decorum Easy Explosion First Formal Interrupted Linked Nuclear Poetic Point Preoccupation Recover Sediment Sounds Too Us Which Would] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

Europeans know the importance of the Resistance; it has been the shining example of the modern conscience.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Been Conscience Europeans Example Importance Know Modern Resistance Shining] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

Even a polemic has some justification if one considers that my own first poetic experiments began during a dictatorship and mark the origin of the Hermetic movement.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Began Considers Dictatorship During Even Experiments First Justification Mark Movement Origin Own Poetic Polemic Some] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

From the night, his solitude, the poet finds day and starts a diary that is lethal to the inert. The dark landscape yields a dialogue.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Dark Day Dialogue Diary Finds His Inert Landscape Lethal Night Poet Solitude Starts Yields] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

He passes from lyric to epic poetry in order to speak about the world and the torment in the world through man, rationally and emotionally. The poet then becomes a danger.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Becomes Danger Emotionally Epic Lyric Man Order Passes Poet Poetry Rationally Speak Then Through Torment World] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

In opposition to this detachment, he finds an image of man which contains within itself man's dreams, man's illness, man's redemption from the misery of poverty - poverty which can no longer be for him a sign of the acceptance of life.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Acceptance Contains Detachment Dreams Finds Him Illness Image Itself Life Longer Man Misery Opposition Poverty Redemption Sign Which Within] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

My readers at that time were still men of letters; but there had to be other people waiting to read my poems.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Had Letters Men Other Poems Read Readers Still Time Waiting Were] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

Poetry is also the physical self of the poet, and it is impossible to separate the poet from his poetry.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Also His Impossible Physical Poet Poetry Self Separate] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Believes Feeling His Interior Own Personal Poet Poetry Reader Recognizes Revelation Which] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

Religious poetry, civic poetry, lyric or dramatic poetry are all categories of man's expression which are valid only if the endorsement of formal content is valid.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Categories Civic Content Dramatic Endorsement Expression Formal Lyric Man Only Poetry Religious Valid Which] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

Religious power, which, as I have already said, frequently identifies itself with political power, has always been a protagonist of this bitter struggle, even when it seemingly was neutral.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Already Always Been Bitter Even Frequently Identifies Itself Neutral Political Power Protagonist Religious Said Seemingly Struggle Which] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

The antagonism between the poet and the politician has generally been evident in all cultures.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Antagonism Been Between Cultures Evident Generally Poet Politician] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

The poet does not fear death, not because he believes in the fantasy of heroes, but because death constantly visits his thoughts and is thus an image of a serene dialogue.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Because Believes Constantly Death Dialogue Does Fantasy Fear Heroes His Image Poet Serene Thoughts Thus Visits] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

The poet's other readers are the ancient poets, who look upon the freshly written pages from an incorruptible distance. Their poetic forms are permanent, and it is difficult to create new forms which can approach them.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Ancient Approach Create Difficult Distance Forms Freshly Incorruptible Look New Other Pages Permanent Poet Poetic Poets Readers Their Them Upon Which Written] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

The poet's spoken discourse often depends on a mystique, on the spiritual freedom that finds itself enslaved on earth.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Depends Discourse Earth Enslaved Finds Freedom Itself Mystique Often Poet Spiritual Spoken] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

The Resistance is a moral certainty, not a poetic one. The true poet never uses words in order to punish someone. His judgment belongs to a creative order; it is not formulated as a prophetic scripture.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Belongs Certainty Creative Formulated His Judgment Moral Never Order Poet Poetic Prophetic Punish Resistance Scripture Someone True Uses Words] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

The writer of stories or of novels settles on men and imitates them; he exhausts the possibilities of his characters.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Characters Exhausts His Imitates Men Novels Possibilities Settles Stories Them Writer] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

Thus, the poet's word is beginning to strike forcefully upon the hearts of all men, while absolute men of letters think that they alone live in the real world.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Absolute Alone Beginning Forcefully Hearts Letters Live Men Poet Real Strike Think Thus Upon While Word World] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

War, I have always said, forces men to change their standards, regardless of whether their country has won or lost.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Always Change Country Forces Lost Men Regardless Said Standards Their War Whether Won] [Salvatore Quasimodo]

We wrote verses that condemned us, with no hope of pardon, to the most bitter solitude.-Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Bitter Condemned Hope Most Pardon Solitude Us Verses Wrote] [Salvatore Quasimodo]