"Religion is no more possible without prayer than poetry without language, or music without atmosphere."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."James Martineau on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."James Martineau 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."James Martineau on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."James Martineau on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."James Martineau on Robert Frost
"Grief is only the memory of widowed affections."