"What we know is that Shakespeare wrote perhaps the most remarkable body of passionate love poetry in the English language to a young man."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Stephen Greenblatt on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Stephen Greenblatt 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."Stephen Greenblatt on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Stephen Greenblatt on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Stephen Greenblatt on Robert Frost