"But poetry is a way of language, it is not its subject or its maker's background or interests or hobbies or fixations. It is nearer to utterance than history."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Thomas Lynch on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Thomas Lynch 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."Thomas Lynch on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Thomas Lynch on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Thomas Lynch on Robert Frost
"So I suppose poetry, language, the shaping of it, was and remains for me an effort to make sense out of essentially senseless situations."