Lines Written: Robert Graves, A.E. Housman
The truth is that only gold ore can be turned into gold; only poetry into poems.
A.E. Housman’s test of a true poem was simple and practical; does it make the hairs at one’s chin bristle if one repeats it silently while shaving?
Experience has taught me, when I am shaving of a morning, to keep watch over my thoughts, because, if a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
Perhaps not the most practical quotes, but beautifully enigmatic.