Observation of any kind is, like argument in prose, properly previous to the act of the poem, and, if allowed in, must be so juxtaposed, apposed, set in, that it does not, for an instant, sap the going energy of the content towards its form.
Charles Olsen (From: Projective Verse, 1950)
(sent by Bert Bevers)
Each memorable verse of a true poet has twice or three times the written content.
Alfred de Musset