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Sylvia Plath was just a month and a half older than I, and when she committed suicide I was only 30 - and very shocked and sorry. I never knew her personally. Anne Stevenson#Committed 601
Anne Stevenson#Committed 601
I remain loyal to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert in music and to Shakespeare and Jane Austen in literature. Anne Stevenson#Austen 141
Anne Stevenson#Austen 141
I'm not really quiet or shy. Ask any of my friends! But I always ground my poetry in life itself. Poetry is an art of language, though, so I am always aware of every word's meaning, or multiple meanings. Anne Stevenson#Poetry 105
Anne Stevenson#Poetry 105
There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind. That is why I never could have survived as an academic. Anne Stevenson#Academic 91
Anne Stevenson#Academic 91
I like rhyme because it is memorable, I like form because having to work to a pattern gives me original ideas. Anne Stevenson#Form 75
Anne Stevenson#Form 75
I did know Ted Hughes and I partly wrote the book to explain to myself and others the complexities of a marriage that was for six years wonderfully productive of poetry and then ended in tragedy. Anne Stevenson#Poetry 71
Anne Stevenson#Poetry 71
I think a poet, like a painter, should be a craftsperson. Anne Stevenson#Think 67
Anne Stevenson#Think 67
I dislike literary jargon and never use it. Criticism has only one function and that is to help readers read and understand literature. It is not a science, it is an aid to art. Anne Stevenson#Science 64
Anne Stevenson#Science 64
I married a young Englishman in Cambridge in 1955 and have lived in Britain every since. Anne Stevenson#Britain 58
Anne Stevenson#Britain 58
Blake has always been a favorite, the lyrics, not so much the prophetic books, but I suppose Yeats influenced me more as a young poet, and the American, Robert Frost. Anne Stevenson#American 58
Anne Stevenson#American 58
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