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A poet clings to his own tradition and avoids internationalism.

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We wrote verses that condemned us, with no hope of pardon, to the most bitter solitude.

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

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

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

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Suddenly It’s Evening

Everyone is alone at the heart of the earth,
pierced by a ray of sunshine;
and suddenly it’s evening.

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

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

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

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War, I have always said, forces men to change their standards, regardless of whether their country has won or lost.

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