"My opinion is that a poet should express the emotion of all the ages and the thought of his own."----Thomas Hardy, as quoted in Walking on Alligators, A Book of Meditations for Writers.Walking on Alligators is filled with quotes like this, and daily intentions such as "Today, I'll release something surprising into my writing." It would be a great book to take along on a retreat, which I mention because Linda Urban is compiling a list of such books. Won't that be a handy resource? Go add your own favorites.
This post is part of a month-long celebration of not-quite-daily quotes about poets, poems, and poetry. For more quotes, see the archive of the Poetry Quote of the Day. There are many more National Poetry Month celebrations across the Kidlitosphere.