Laura Riding

(January 16, 1901 – September 2, 1991 / New York City)

Quotations

  • ''There can be no literary equivalent to truth.''
    Laura Riding (1901-1991), U.S. poet. Extracts from Communications.
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  • ''Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating truth.''
    Laura Riding (1901-1991), U.S. poet. Selected Poems: In Five Sets, preface (1975).
  • ''To a poet the mere making of a poem can seem to solve the problem of truth ... but only a problem of art is solved in poetry.''
    Laura Riding (1901-1991), U.S. poet. Selected Poems: In Five Sets, preface (1975).

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The Poet's Corner

Here where the end of bone is no end of song
And the earth is bedecked with immortality
In what was poetry
And now is pride beside
And nationality,
Here is a battle with no bravery
But if the coward's tongue has gone
Swording his own lusty lung.
Listen if there is victory

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