"Bleak House is just the most astounding piece of work. There's huge, visionary poetry in it."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Simon Callow on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Simon Callow 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."Simon Callow on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Simon Callow on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Simon Callow on Robert Frost
"I don't practise any religion but I am deeply interested in the answers that mankind has come up with to explain the human situation."
"My mother wanted me to be a teacher. She had this vision of me walking across the quadrangle in an Oxford college wearing my academic gown."