Saint-John Perse

France
31 May 1887 // 20 Sep 1975
Poet, Diplomat

If poetry is not, as has been said, Ťabsolute realityť, it comes very close to it, for poetry has a strong longing for, and a deep perception of, reality, situated as it is at that extreme limit of cooperation where the real seems to assume shape in the poem.

Speech at the Nobel Banquet, 1960


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