"Poetry is also the physical self of the poet, and it is impossible to separate the poet from his poetry."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Salvatore Quasimodo on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Salvatore Quasimodo 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."Salvatore Quasimodo on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Salvatore Quasimodo on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Salvatore Quasimodo on Robert Frost
"Thus, the poet's word is beginning to strike forcefully upon the hearts of all men, while absolute men of letters think that they alone live in the real world."
"In opposition to this detachment, he finds an image of man which contains within itself man's dreams, man's illness, man's redemption from the misery of poverty - poverty which can no longer be for him a sign of the acceptance of life."
"Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own."
"He passes from lyric to epic poetry in order to speak about the world and the torment in the world through man, rationally and emotionally. The poet then becomes a danger."
"Religious poetry, civic poetry, lyric or dramatic poetry are all categories of man's expression which are valid only if the endorsement of formal content is valid."