... since we do float on an unknown sea I think we should examine the other floating things that come our way very carefully; who knows what might depend on it?
-- Bishop, in a letter to Lowell
Poetry can take root in dogma, but must not float on it.
The difference between a major poet and a minor poet lies with their different capabilities to plunge below the surface of the words, those that are imposed by the pressure of contemporary culture.
-- Geoffrey Hill