William De Witt Snodgrass On Personal Poetry

William De Witt Snodgrass (January 5, 1926 – January 13, 2009)

The only reality which [a poet] can ever surely know is that self he cannot help being. … If he pretties it up, if he changes its meaning, if he gives it the voice of any borrowed authority, if in short he rejects this reality, his mind will be less than alive. So will his words.