"Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Yevgeny Yevtushenko on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Yevgeny Yevtushenko on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Yevgeny Yevtushenko on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Yevgeny Yevtushenko on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Yevgeny Yevtushenko on Robert Frost
"Sorrow happens, hardship happens, the hell with it, who never knew the price of happiness, will not be happy."
"A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote."
"Time has a way of demonstrating that the most stubborn are the most intelligent."
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