"Poetry had far better imply things than preach them directly... in the open pulpit her voice grows hoarse and fails."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."F. L. Lucas on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."F. L. Lucas 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."F. L. Lucas on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."F. L. Lucas on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."F. L. Lucas on Robert Frost
"Apart from a few simple principles, the sound and rhythm of English prose seem to me matters where both writers and readers should trust not so much to rules as to their ears."