Poetry 1082 "Thus the world assumed another and a better aspect from the hour that the poet blessed it with his happy eyes…[God’s] creation was not finished till the poet came to interpret and so complete it. "
Poetry 218 "All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling." Oscar Wilde. Portable Curmudgeon. I think this idea refers to the need for the poet to create a distance between the reader and the feelings suggested in the poem.
Poetry 237 "A picture is a silent poem, or a poem without words." Latin. Dictionary of Foreign Terms. Defining a picture as a silent poem has to mean that the picture is suggestive. RayS.
Poetry 477 "The nucleus of every true poem is a single phrase which (the poet’s intuition tells him) provides a key to its eventual form." Robert Graves. “The Case for Xanthippe [Plato’s shrewish wife].” 1960. Gross, ed. Essays. An interesting exercise would be to find that single phrase that is the essence of the poem. RayS.
Poetry 479 "Poetry, for us, means not merely poems but a peculiar attitude to life." Robert Graves. “The Case for Xanthippe [Plato’s shrewish wife].” 1960. Gross, ed. Essays. Now what does he mean by that? I think we'll find the answer in Emerson. RayS.