"Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on, my literary efforts from the age of about nine running chiefly to poetry and plays."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Patrick White on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Patrick White 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."Patrick White on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Patrick White on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Patrick White on Robert Frost
"My father and mother were second cousins, though they did not meet till shortly before their marriage."
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