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41 Top Robert Creeley Quotes That Will Positively Influence Your Line Of Thought

Famous As: Poet, Writer, University teacher
Born On: May 21, 1926
Died On: March 30, 2005
Born In: Arlington
Died At Age: 78
Robert Creeley is considered as one of the most influential American poets of the 20th century. He was well-recognized for his association with the Black Mountain group of poets. During the year 1946, Creeley published his first poem \'Wake’ in the ‘Harvard Magazine’ while he was a student there. Later in the year 1954, Creeley was asked to join the members of faculty at the, ‘Black Mountain College’ and edit the ‘Black Mountain Review’. Creeley has been credited for publishing more than 60 books of poetry in America and other countries. ‘Life and Death’, ‘Later’, ‘Mirror’, ‘Memory Gardens’ and ‘The Finger’ are few of his poems. Other writers and poet described his style of writing as very distinctive and elliptical. Apart from poetry, Creeley authored more than a dozen books and essays. This American poet earned many honors including, ‘Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award’ and was also elected as the ‘Chancellor of Academy of American Poets’ in 1999. Robert’s sayings on life, writing and reading are very deep and will leave you thinking. Below, we have collected few of Robert Creeley’s quotes and sayings that will change your interpretation of things in life.
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Love, if you love me,
lie next to me.
Be for me, like rain,
the getting out

of the tiredness, the fatuousness, the semi-
lust of intentional indifference.
Be wet
with a decent happiness.

Love, if you love me, lie next to me. Be for me, like rain, the getting out of the tiredness, the fatuousness, the semi- lust of intentional indifference. Be wet with a decent happiness.

Robert Creeley
Again like Williams, with the emphasis now regrettable, when a man makes a poem, makes it mind you, he takes the words as he finds them lying interrelated about him.

Again like Williams, with the emphasis now regrettable, when a man makes a poem, makes it mind you, he takes the words as he finds them lying interrelated about him.

Robert Creeley

It's the classic story form. All staying equal, or proving equal, or being equal, this will all continue, and the next time around, we'll move on to see what happened to Harry after he dove in the river, or who his friend John really was, and so on.

Robert Creeley

There are a lot of editorials that have nothing to do with anything like that. But I was just thinking of that sense of prose as being very responsible and perceptive, thoughtful, intimate, and contriving a quote statement.

Robert Creeley
All of which was OK, as that proved then, I certainly wouldn't contradict it as a necessary sense of things.

All of which was OK, as that proved then, I certainly wouldn't contradict it as a necessary sense of things.

Robert Creeley

And what's fascinating in The Ten Thousand Things is that although there's time, an inexorable time of the three generations of lives, actively present, but place is the time, time doesn't really have to do with simply the human experience of it.

Robert Creeley
Don't name it, as they say, because instantly you offer it to this peculiar authority.

Don't name it, as they say, because instantly you offer it to this peculiar authority.

Robert Creeley
First you wonder if they're separate stories, but no, they're not, they're contingent stories and they form a pattern. And you begin with some of the island as the place to which the heroine of the book returns.

First you wonder if they're separate stories, but no, they're not, they're contingent stories and they form a pattern. And you begin with some of the island as the place to which the heroine of the book returns.

Robert Creeley
I know this body is impatient.
I know I constitute only a meager voice and mind.
Yet I loved, I love.
I want no sentimentality.
I want no more than home.

I know this body is impatient. I know I constitute only a meager voice and mind. Yet I loved, I love. I want no sentimentality. I want no more than home.

Robert Creeley
He lives out in Orchard Park. I mean, to be able to sit on the bench so patiently, for whatever part, and to be able to get up and do something, with such heroic competencies would be great.

He lives out in Orchard Park. I mean, to be able to sit on the bench so patiently, for whatever part, and to be able to get up and do something, with such heroic competencies would be great.

Robert Creeley
It's as though all the terms of a family were present at one time rather than his dad and his mum. Not just a present authority, but the resident memory of what qualifies what else is the case.

It's as though all the terms of a family were present at one time rather than his dad and his mum. Not just a present authority, but the resident memory of what qualifies what else is the case.

Robert Creeley
Suddenly the whole imagination of writing and editorial and newspaper and all these presumptions about who am I reading this, and who else other people may be, and all that, it's so grimly brutal!

Suddenly the whole imagination of writing and editorial and newspaper and all these presumptions about who am I reading this, and who else other people may be, and all that, it's so grimly brutal!

Robert Creeley
The irony of our social group is that so often everyone feels this, but there's no company whatsoever in that feeling. Think of Pound's great emphasis, the way out is via the door.

The irony of our social group is that so often everyone feels this, but there's no company whatsoever in that feeling. Think of Pound's great emphasis, the way out is via the door.

Robert Creeley
That poetry survived in its formal agencies finally, and that prose survived to get something said.

That poetry survived in its formal agencies finally, and that prose survived to get something said.

Robert Creeley
What has happened makes the world. Live on the edge, looking.

What has happened makes the world. Live on the edge, looking.

Robert Creeley
The pattern of the narrative never of necessity wants to end, it never has to.

The pattern of the narrative never of necessity wants to end, it never has to.

Robert Creeley
The awful thing, as a kid reading, was that you came to the end of the story, and that was it. I mean, it would be heartbreaking that there was no more of it.

The awful thing, as a kid reading, was that you came to the end of the story, and that was it. I mean, it would be heartbreaking that there was no more of it.

Robert Creeley

You were saying that once when visiting Yale, you were struck that unlike Pound, Williams's thinking was volatile, I mean, did not stay locked into a pattern of concepts that then defined his subsequent necessary behavior, whereas Pound did.

Robert Creeley
Communication is mutual feeling with someone, not a didactic process of information.

Communication is mutual feeling with someone, not a didactic process of information.

Robert Creeley
What a great thing! To be a writer! Words are something you can carry in your head. You can really 'travel light.'

What a great thing! To be a writer! Words are something you can carry in your head. You can really 'travel light.'

Robert Creeley
I heard words 
 and words full 
 of holes 
 aching.

I heard words and words full of holes aching.

Robert Creeley
Locale is both a geographic term and the inner sense of being.

Locale is both a geographic term and the inner sense of being.

Robert Creeley
For love - I would split open your head and put a candle in behind the eyes.

For love - I would split open your head and put a candle in behind the eyes.

Robert Creeley
When I speak, I speaks.

When I speak, I speaks.

Robert Creeley
Writing is the same as music. It’s in how you phrase it, how you hold back the note, bend it, shape it, then release it. And what you don’t play is as important as what you do say.

Writing is the same as music. It’s in how you phrase it, how you hold back the note, bend it, shape it, then release it. And what you don’t play is as important as what you do say.

Robert Creeley
Thought is a process of work,
joy is an issue of work

Thought is a process of work, joy is an issue of work

Robert Creeley
No matter how wild reality was obviously often being, it was an absolutely secure place, as a tone and intelligence, and a thing happening.

No matter how wild reality was obviously often being, it was an absolutely secure place, as a tone and intelligence, and a thing happening.

Robert Creeley
It is hard going to the door
cut so small in the wall where
the vision which echoes loneliness
brings a scent of wild flowers in the wood.

It is hard going to the door cut so small in the wall where the vision which echoes loneliness brings a scent of wild flowers in the wood.

Robert Creeley
Form is never more than an extension of content.

Form is never more than an extension of content.

Robert Creeley

As I get older, I recognize that my thinking about poetry may or may not have anything actively to do with my actual work as a poet. This strikes me as no thing cynically awry but rather seems again instance of that hapless or possibly happy fact, we do not as humans seem necessarily aware of what we are physically or psychically doing at all!

Robert Creeley

My wife and I lived all alone, contention was our only bone. I fought with her, she fought with me, and things went on right merrily. But now I live here by myself with hardly a damn thing on the shelf, and pass my days with little cheer since I have parted from my dear.

Robert Creeley

I did however used to think, you know, in the woods walking, and as a kid playing the the woods, that there was a kind of immanence there - that woods, a places of that order, had a sense, a kind of presence, that you could feel; that there was something peculiarly, physically present, a feeling of place almost conscious ... like God. It evoked that.

Robert Creeley
The Lady has always moved to the next town
and you stumble on after Her.

The Lady has always moved to the next town and you stumble on after Her.

Robert Creeley
My love's manners in bed
are not to be discussed by me

My love's manners in bed are not to be discussed by me

Robert Creeley
Comes the time when it's later
and onto your table the headwaiter
puts the bill

Comes the time when it's later and onto your table the headwaiter puts the bill

Robert Creeley
Oh well, I will say here,
knowing each man,
let you find a good wife too,
and love her as hard as you can.

Oh well, I will say here, knowing each man, let you find a good wife too, and love her as hard as you can.

Robert Creeley
God give you pardon from gratitude and other mild forms of servitude.

God give you pardon from gratitude and other mild forms of servitude.

Robert Creeley
I will go to the garden.
I will be a romantic. I will sell
myself in hell,
in heaven also I will be.

I will go to the garden. I will be a romantic. I will sell myself in hell, in heaven also I will be.

Robert Creeley
O love, where are you leading me now?

O love, where are you leading me now?

Robert Creeley
I don’t think any man writing can worry about what the act of writing costs him, even though at times he is very aware of it.

I don’t think any man writing can worry about what the act of writing costs him, even though at times he is very aware of it.

Robert Creeley