"Since the printing press came into being, poetry has ceased to be the delight of the whole community of man it has become the amusement and delight of the few."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."John Masefield on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."John Masefield 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 Masefield on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."John Masefield on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."John Masefield on Robert Frost
"Coming in solemn beauty like slow old tunes of Spain."
"Poetry is a mixture of common sense, which not all have, with an uncommon sense, which very few have."