"Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch's brew."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Anthony Hecht on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Anthony Hecht 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."Anthony Hecht on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Anthony Hecht on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Anthony Hecht on Robert Frost
"A lot of the fun lies in trying to penetrate the mystery and this is best done by saying over the lines to yourself again and again, till they pass through the stage of sounding like nonsense, and finally return to a full sense that had at first escaped notice."
"There's not a good poet I know who has not at the beck and call of his memory a vast quantity of poetry that composes his mental library."