Good poets are like angels of Heaven.
He falsifies who renders a verse just as it looks.
I think it better that in times like these a poet’s mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right.
Every true poet is inevitably a Columbus.
The art of life, of a poet’s life, is, not having anything to do, to do something.
One merit of poetry few persons will deny; it says more, and in few words, than prose.
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
Good poetry seems too simple and natural a thing that when we meet it we wonder that all men are not always poets. Poetry is nothing but healthy speech.
If you know what you are going to write when you’re writing a poem, it’s going to be average.
There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope.