The great poem must have the stamp of greatness as well as its essence.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 403, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Women are not supposed to have uteruses, especially in poems.
(Maxine Kumin (b. 1925), U.S. poet and feminist. As quoted in Women's Studies, p. 135 (1976).
On the restrictions on poetry's subject matter due to male editors' dismissal of peculiarly "female" topics.)