Edwin Percy Whipple Quotes

I think there is no such thing as a long poem. If it is long it isn’t a poem; it is something else. A book like John Brown’s Body, for instance, is not a poem – it is a series of poems tied together with cord. Poetry is intensity, and nothing is intense for long.

Irony is an insult conveyed in the form of a compliment.

Any style formed in imitation of some model must be affected and straight-laced.

Whenever you find humor, you find pathos close by his side.

Cheerfulness in most cheerful people, is the rich and satisfying result of strenuous discipline.

Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.