John Drinkwater was born 1 June 1882, and died 25 March 1937
- Great men are rare, poets are rarer, but the great man who is a poet, transfiguring his greatness, is the rarest of all events.
- A lyric, it is true, is the expression of personal emotion, but then so is all poetry, and to suppose that there are several kinds of poetry, differing from each other in essence, is to be deceived by wholly artificial divisions which have no real being.
- Poe’s saying that a long poem is a sequence of short ones is perfectly just.
- The written word is everything.
- The poet’s perfect expression is the token of a perfect experience; what he says in the best possible way he has felt in the best possible way, that is, completely.
Drinkwater was an English poet and dramatist. His plays included Abraham Lincoln, Mary Stuart and Oliver Cromwell.
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