"For a poet to depict a poet in poetry is a hazardous experiment in regarding one's own trade a sense of humour and a little wholesome cynicism are not amiss."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Edward Dowden on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Edward Dowden 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."Edward Dowden on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Edward Dowden on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Edward Dowden on Robert Frost
"Sometimes a noble failure serves the world as faithfully as a distinguished success."