"Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury, not a necessity like petrol. But to me it's the oil of life."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."John Betjeman on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."John Betjeman 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."John Betjeman on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."John Betjeman on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."John Betjeman on Robert Frost