'Poetry is the friend of meditation and research. Poems flourish in complete silence'.
(My own idea, based on my own experience. I need absolute quiet for writing, no radio, nothing. For some dramatic monologues, like 'A Farewell Note', I read several books to get the facts and figures right, just like research. If facts are wrong, the poem instantly loses credibility.)
Just as a child is really a thing that wants to become a man, so is the poem an object of nature that wants to become an object of art.
(Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 21 in Selected Aphorisms from the Lyceum (1797), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)