John Ciardi

(John Anthony Ciardi)

John Ciardi
John Ciardi
  • Born: June 24, 1916
  • Died: March 30, 1986
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Dramatist









John Anthony Ciardi was an American poet, translator, and etymologist. While primarily known as a poet, he also translated Dante's Divine Comedy, wrote several volumes of children's poetry, pursued etymology, contributed to the Saturday Review as a columnist and long-time poetry editor, and directed the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Vermont. In 1959, Ciardi published a book on how to read, write, and teach poetry, How Does a Poem Mean?, which has proven to be among the most-used books of its kind. At the peak of his popularity in the early 1960s, Ciardi also had a network television program on CBS, Accent. Ciardi's impact on poetry is perhaps best measured through the younger poets whom he influenced as a teacher and as editor of the Saturday Review.

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A dollar saved is a quarter earned.
A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea. Hope
A neighborhood is a residential area that is changing for the worse.
A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in the students.
Every game ever invented by mankind, is a way of making things hard for the fun of it!
Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope. Time ;Hope ;Families, Children & Parenting
Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone. Money, Coins & Minting
Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen.
It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions. I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation the courage of their confusions.
Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Nothing goes further toward a man's liberation than the act of surviving his need for character.
Poetry lies its way to the truth. Truth ;Literature, Writers & Writing
The classroom should be an entrance into the world, not an escape from it.
The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.
The day will happen whether or not you get up.
The reader deserves an honest opinion. If he doesn't deserve it, give it to him anyhow.
There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.
What has any poet to trust more than the feel of the thing? Theory concerns him only until he picks up his pen, and it begins to concern him again as soon as he lays it down. Trust
Written by a sponge dipped in warm milk and sprinkled with sugar.
You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone. Literature, Writers & Writing

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