James Fenton Quotes


4 James Fenton quotes:



"It has to be displayed, this face, on a more or less horizontal plane. Imagine a man wearing a mask, and imagine that the elastic which holds the mask on has just broken, so that the man (rather than let the mask slip off) has to tilt his head back and balance the mask on his real face. This is the kind of tyranny which Lawson's face exerts over the rest of his body as he cruises along the corridors. He doesn't look down his nose at you, he looks along his nose."
Author: Fenton Quotes Category: Man Quotes Faces Quotes
"The lullaby is the spell whereby the mother attempts to transform herself back from an ogre to a saint."
Author: Fenton Quotes Category: Funny Quotes British Poet Quotes
"Saigon was an addicted city, and we were the drug: the corruption of children, the mutilation of young men, the prostitution of women, the humiliation of the old, the division of the family, the division of the country-it had all been done in our name... The French city... had represented the opium stage of the addiction. With the Americans had begun the heroin phase."
Author: Fenton Quotes Category: Children Quotes
"The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft. You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation."
Author: Fenton Quotes Category: Poet Quotes



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