"If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Emily Dickinson on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Emily Dickinson 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."Emily Dickinson on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Emily Dickinson on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Emily Dickinson on Robert Frost
"Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought."
"To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few."
"Where thou art, that is home."
"Beauty is not caused. It is."
"Because I could not stop for death, He kindly stopped for me The carriage held but just ourselves and immortality."