"Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."John Keats on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."John Keats 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 Keats on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."John Keats on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."John Keats on Robert Frost
"The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate."
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases it will never pass into nothingness."
"'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,' - that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."
"Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works."
"What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth."