Authors and other creative figures cited (click on a name to find all their relevant quotations):

A Henry Adams, Joseph Addison, Louisa May Alcott, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Anon, Hannah Arendt, Sir Edwin Arnold, Matthew Arnold

B Badly Drawn Boy, Honoré de Balzac, Anne Bannerman, Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Danny Boyle, Melvyn Bragg, Robert Browning, Lord Byron

C Truman Capote, Thomas Carlyle, William Cartwright, John Cleveland, Elvis Costello, Hannah Cowley, William Cowper

D Erasmus Darwin, Sir William Davenant, Emily Dickinson, Michael Drayton, John Dryden

E T.S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson

F Gustave Flaubert, John Fletcher, Phineas Fletcher

G Thomas Gray

H Bishop Joseph Hall, Thomas Hardy, Peter Hausted, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Heinrich Heine, William Ernest Henley, George Herbert, Robert Herrick, Geoffrey Hill, Oliver Wendell Holmes

I Jean Ingelow

J Henry James

K John Keats, Kitigawa Tsukimaro, George Frederick Kunz, Sir Francis Kynaston

L Walter Savage Landor, Clive Langer, Sidney Lanier, Eugene Lee-Hamilton, Franz Léhar, Vachel Lindsay, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Richard Lovelace, James Russell Lowell

M Christopher Marlowe, Andrew Marvell, Karl Marx, John Milton

P ‘Banjo’ Paterson, Edgar Allan Poe, Marco Polo, Samuel Pordage

R Anne Ridler, Leonard Rosenthal, Christina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

S William Shakespeare, Jo Shapcott, John Shaw, Percy Shelley, Sir Edward Sherburne, José Asunción Silva, Christopher Smart, Elizabeth Oakes Smith, Robert Southwell, Charles Hugh Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson

T Rabindranath Tagore, Torquato Tasso

W Richard Whately, Oscar Wilde, Henry Wotton

Y Yuan Zhen

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