William Rose Benét On Poetry

21492-img_0341William Rose Benét (February 2, 1886 – May 4, 1950)

The poet (artist) must write as it pleases him to write. If he writes what other people tell him to write, he may get some good verse, but he won’t get poetry. When I write to please myself, I may write some very bad verse, but that is the only way in which I can ever hope to write poetry.