"I think that the job of poetry, its political job, is to refresh the idea of justice, which is going dead in us all the time."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Robert Hass on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Robert Hass 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 Hass on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Robert Hass on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Robert Hass on Robert Frost