"There is no gilding of setting sun or glamor of poetry to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers' wives."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Hamlin Garland on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Hamlin Garland 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."Hamlin Garland on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Hamlin Garland on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Hamlin Garland on Robert Frost
"I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets."
"Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and numbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me - I am happy."
"My recollection of a hundred lovely lakes has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful."