"I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Randall Jarrell on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Randall Jarrell 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."Randall Jarrell on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Randall Jarrell on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Randall Jarrell on Robert Frost
"The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks."