Nobel literature winner Louise Gluck's most famous lines

By: AFP      Published: 06:39 PM, 8 Oct, 2020
Nobel literature winner Louise Gluck\'s most famous lines
Nobel literature winner Louise Gluck's most famous lines

The American poet Louise Gluck won the Nobel Prize for Literature Thursday, only the 16th women to have ever done so.

Here are some of her most famous and more memorable lines and verses:

"We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory"

-- from "Nostos"

"Poetry survives because it haunts and it haunts because it is simultaneously utterly clear and deeply mysterious; because it cannot be entirely accounted for, it cannot be exhausted."

-- from "American Originality: Essays on Poetry"

"I have very little taste for public life... I didn't think I was the sort of person they'd ever look at"

-- to The Boston Globe when she was named US Poet Laureate in 2003.

"Of two sisters one is always the watcher, one the dancer"

-- from "Descending Figure"

"The soul is silent. If it speaks at all it speaks in dreams"

-- from "It Is Daylight"

"As I saw it,/ all my mother's life, my father/ held her down, like/ lead strapped to her ankles.

She was/ buoyant by nature;/ she wanted to travel,/ go to the theater, go to museums./ What he wanted/ was to lie on the couch/ with the Times/ over his face,/ so that death, when it came,/ wouldn't seem a significant change."

-- from "Ararat"

"The unsaid, for me, exerts great power..."

-- from "Proofs and Theories"

"We respect, here in America / what is concrete, visible. We ask/ What is it for?"

-- from "The Seven Ages"

"I got up finally; I walked down to the pond./ I stood there, brushing the grass from my skirt, watching myself,/ like a girl after her first lover"

-- from "Marathon"