Religion is the sole technique for the validating of values.

Allen Tate Religion Quote

There is probably nothing wrong with art for art’s sake if we take the phrase seriously and not take it to mean the kind of poetry written in England forty years ago.

Serious poetry deals with the fundamental conflicts that cannot be logically resolved: we can state the conflicts rationally but reason does not relieve us of them.

How does one happen to write a poem: where does it come from? That is the question asked by the psychologists or the geneticists of poetry.

Allen Tate Poetry Quotes

So the poet who wants to be something that he cannot be and is a failure in plain life makes up fictitious versions of his predicament that are interesting even to other persons because nobody is a perfect automobile salesman.

Allen Tate Failure Quote

Dramatic experience is not logical it may be subdued to the kind of coherence that we indicate when we speak in criticism of form.

Allen Tate Experience Quote

I am not ridiculing verbal mechanisms dreams or repressions as origins of poetry all three of them and more besides may have a great deal to do with it.

Allen Tate Dreams Quote