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I liked teaching Henry James. When you look down at a Henry James novel from a helicopter height, you find an intricate spider web that all clings together.
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In the final analysis, it is not critics who create literary canons, it is other writers who create them ... A writer can have published thirty-seven volumes, but if that writer doesn't interest other writers, they will all molder in the library and nobody will ever want to read them again.

— Helen Vendler

One could say that artists are people who think naturally in highly patterned ways.

— Helen Vendler

Each poem leads you to the questions it makes sense to ask it.

— Helen Vendler

A poem needs imaginative rhythms as well as imaginative transformation of content.

— Helen Vendler

I believe that poems are a score for performance by the reader, and that you become the speaking voice. You don't read or overhear the voice in the poem - you are the voice in the poem.

— Helen Vendler

Twentieth-century American poetry has been one of the glories of modern literature.

— Helen Vendler

When I first heard Wallace Stevens' voice, it was by chance: a friend wanted to listen to the recording he had made for the Harvard Vocarium Series.

— Helen Vendler

For the mind and the imagination, bookstores aren't enough, college courses aren't enough, the Internet isn't enough. Those resources are all governed by the tastes and needs of the moment. Only libraries take the long view, quietly shelving the unused with the used, knowing that one of these days the two categories will be reversed by a student's discovery of those hitherto undisturbed volumes whose contents will unsettle the learned world.

— Helen Vendler

Soul or Intelligence destined to possess the sense of Identity.

— Helen Vendler

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