"Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Robert Fitzgerald on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Robert Fitzgerald 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."Robert Fitzgerald on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Robert Fitzgerald on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Robert Fitzgerald on Robert Frost
"The question is how to bring a work of imagination out of one language that was just as taken-for-granted by the persons who used it as our language is by ourselves. Nothing strange about it."
"There must of course be a relationship between translating and making poems of your own, but what it is I just don't know."