"Clarity, clarity, surely clarity is the most beautiful thing in the world, A limited, limiting clarity I have not and never did have any motive of poetry But to achieve clarity."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."George Oppen on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."George Oppen 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."George Oppen on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."George Oppen on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."George Oppen on Robert Frost
"The first question at that time in poetry was simply the question of honesty, of sincerity."