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A poet clings to his own tradition and avoids internationalism.
 

According to them, the poet is confined to the provinces with his mouth broken on his own syllabic trapeze.
 

After the turbulence of death, moral principles and even religious proofs are called into question.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

Europeans know the importance of the Resistance; it has been the shining example of the modern conscience.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

My readers at that time were still men of letters; but there had to be other people waiting to read my poems.
 

Poetry is also the physical self of the poet, and it is impossible to separate the poet from his poetry.
 

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
[Poetry]
 

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.
 

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.
 

The antagonism between the poet and the politician has generally been evident in all cultures.
[Antagonism]
 

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.
 

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.
 

The poet's spoken discourse often depends on a mystique, on the spiritual freedom that finds itself enslaved on earth.
 


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