"Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Stephen Spender on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Stephen Spender 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 Spender on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Stephen Spender on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Stephen Spender on Robert Frost
"When a child, my dreams rode on your wishes, I was your son, high on your horse, My mind a top whipped by the lashes Of your rhetoric, windy of course."