Interview excerpted from The Paris Review:
I wanted to be a playwright, and wrote a play called “Martin Luther.” The trouble was that no one in my family talked. Eugene O’Neill’s family suffered, but they talked. That effort was hopeless from the start.
I didn’t want to write private poems. Because of Yeats, I wanted to bring history in. So I would choose some incident from Greek or Roman history, say the murder of Archimedes by an inattentive soldier, and try to make it stand for something much bigger. My work couldn’t be accused of being timely.
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