Anthony Hecht quotes

  • I look and look, / As though I could be saved simply by looking
    -- Anthony Hecht

    #Looks

  • Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch's brew.
    -- Anthony Hecht

    #Dark #Secret #Suggestions

  • Children know from a remarkably early age that things are being kept from them, that grown-ups participate in a world of mysteries.
    -- Anthony Hecht

    #Children #Age #World

  • Mysteries, like the Masonic rites, are ones parents and elders are sworn not to reveal to the uninitiated, which include all children. And so we sought for signs.
    -- Anthony Hecht

    #Children #Parent #Masonic

  • There's not a good poet I know who has not at the beck and call of his memory a vast quantity of poetry that composes his mental library.
    -- Anthony Hecht

    #Memories #Library #Poet

  • A lot of the fun lies in trying to penetrate the mystery; and this is best done by saying over the lines to yourself again and again, till they pass through the stage of sounding like nonsense, and finally return to a full sense that had at first escaped notice.
    -- Anthony Hecht

    #Fun #Lying #Trying

  • I'm filled with admiration, delight, and gratitude at discovering James Lasdun's poems in A Jump Start. He has wit, speed, intelligence, a keen eye, precision, and imagination of a high order.
    -- Anthony Hecht

    #Gratitude #Eye #Order

  • Brilliant. [Lasdun] seems to me certainly among the most gifted, vivid, and deft poets now writing in English, and far better than many who are more famous. His capacities are solidly established; his promise is nearly infinite.
    -- Anthony Hecht

    #Writing #Promise #Vivid

  • It doesnt seem to me strange that children should like the macabre, the sensational, and the forbidden.
    -- Anthony Hecht

    #Children #Strange #Macabre

  • Merely to have survived is not an index of excellence.
    -- Anthony Hecht

    #Excellence #Mediocrity