"What she did was to open our eyes to details of country life such as teaching us names of wild flowers and getting us to draw and paint and learn poetry."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Laurie Lee on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Laurie Lee 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."Laurie Lee on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Laurie Lee on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Laurie Lee on Robert Frost