"And how can poetry stand up against its new conditions? Its position is perfectly precarious."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."John C. Ransom on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."John C. Ransom 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."John C. Ransom on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."John C. Ransom on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."John C. Ransom on Robert Frost
"The arts generally have had to recognize Modernism - how should poetry escape?"
"For no art and no religion is possible until we make allowances, until we manage to keep quiet the enfant terrible of logic that plays havoc with the other faculties."
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