All lovers live by longing, and endure; summon a vision and declare it pure.
"Theodore Huebner Roethke" was an American poet who published several volumes of influential and critically acclaimed verse. He is widely regarded as among the most accomplished and influential poets of his generation.
Roethke's work is characterized by its introspection, rhythm and natural imagery. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1954 for his book, The Waking, and he won the annual National Book Award for Poetry twice, in 1959 for Words for the Wind
[http://www.nationalbook.org/nba1959.html "National Book Awards – 1959"]. National Book Foundation. With acceptance speech by Poetry award panelist Daniel G. Hoffman and essay by Scott Challener from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog. Retrieved 2012-03-02. and posthumously in 1965 for The Far Field.
[http://www.nationalbook.org/nba1965.html "National Book Awards – 1965"]. National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
In the November 1968 edition of the Atlantic Monthly, former U.S. Poet Laureate and author James Dickey wrote Roethke was: "...in my opinion the greatest poet this country has yet produced."
In 2012, he was featured on a United States postage stamp as one of ten great 20th Century American poets.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous poets! More Theodore Roethke on Wikipedia.
A lively understandable spirit Once entertained you. It will come again. Be still. Wait.
Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.
I learn by going where I have to go.
What is madness but nobility of soul. At odds with circumstance?
So much of adolescence is an ill-defined dying, An intolerable waiting, A longing for another place and time, Another condition.
What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.
And everything comes to One, As we dance on, dance on, dance on.
A mind too active is no mind at all.
Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.