"Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you've lost the whole thing."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."W. S. Merwin on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."W. S. Merwin 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."W. S. Merwin on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."W. S. Merwin on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."W. S. Merwin on Robert Frost