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"All those things that I do, nobody was wanting to do them," she said. "They were very much in disrepute. Things like employing wit, maybe really inviting people to laugh on occasion, messing around with a lot of rhyme. Well, I just couldn't help it."
"Since my nature was not very compatible with the tastes of my time, I had to find ways to express what must be expressed in poetry, which is the activity of the mind and the heart," she said. "I suppose it sounds like a cliche, but poetry came and got me. I came to it very reluctantly, but it insisted."