"If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."M. H. Abrams on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."M. H. Abrams 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."M. H. Abrams on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."M. H. Abrams on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."M. H. Abrams on Robert Frost
"It's amazing how, age after age, in country after country, and in all languages, Shakespeare emerges as incomparable."
"When I was a graduate student, the leading spirits at Harvard were interested in the history of ideas."