"Song is existence [Gesang ist Dasein]."
-- Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus, translated by Albert Hofstadter from a quotation by Martin Heidegger in Poetry, Language, Thought, Harper & Row paperback, 1975, page 138
"Stevens returns regularly to his own familiar topoi: 'the inherited garden' (Collected Poems, 369)...."
-- Barbara M. Fisher, Wallace Stevens: The Intensest Rendezvous, The University Press of Virginia, 1990, page 116
"In the inherited garden, a second-hand
Vertumnus creates an equilibrium."
-- Wallace Stevens, "Extraordinary References"
"'In a garden,' he said, 'growth has its season. There are spring and summer, but there are also fall and winter. And then spring and summer again.'"
-- Jerzy Kosinski, Being There (April 1971), page 45 in the Bantam paperback of 1982
"Vertumnus, n. [L. < vertere, to turn],
in Roman mythology, the god of the changing seasons and of growing flowers and fruits...."
-- Webster's New World Dictionary, College Edition, 1960, page 1621
"To ev'rything, turn, turn, turn,
There is a season, turn, turn, turn...."
-- Peter Seeger, lyric poem, 1962
"Focillon's theory of forms is a theory of transformations."
-- Barbara Fisher on the forms of Labyrinth and Temple [corresponding, in early spring, to Town and Country] in art and poetry. (Op. cit., page 117)
and come to this
encircled by apple trees...."
-- Sappho, translated by Jane Hirshfield in Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, a Harper Perennial paperback, 1998, page 130
"I love bein' an actress!"
-- Mighty Aphrodite, 1995
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