"Poetry is innocent, not wise. It does not learn from experience, because each poetic experience is unique."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Karl Shapiro on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Karl Shapiro 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."Karl Shapiro on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Karl Shapiro on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Karl Shapiro on Robert Frost
"But with exquisite breathing you smile, with satisfaction of love, And I touch you again as you tick in the silence and settle in sleep."