"For whatever reason, people, including very well-educated people or people otherwise interested in reading, do not read poetry."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Paul Muldoon on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Paul Muldoon 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."Paul Muldoon on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Paul Muldoon on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Paul Muldoon on Robert Frost
"One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way."
"That's one of the great things about poetry one realises that one does one's little turn - that you're just part of the great crop, as it were."
"The other side of it is that, despite all that, people reach out to poetry at the key moments in their lives."
"We simply have not kept in touch with poetry."