These are about writing in general and poetry in particular. . .
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
As those move easiest who have learned to dance.
We get only the inspiration we are qualified to receive. And unless we have laid the groundwork by conscious planning and hard work, there is no inspiration to be hoped for.
— From Western Winds An Introduction to Poetry p.347
Significant emotion, as T.S. Eliot said, is that “which has its life in the poem and not in the history of the poet.”