"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."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Allen Tate on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Allen Tate on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Allen Tate on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Allen Tate on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Allen Tate on Robert Frost
"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."
"Dramatic experience is not logical it may be subdued to the kind of coherence that we indicate when we speak, in criticism, of form."
"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."
"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."
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