"A Good Poet's Made, As Well As Born"
Context: From the time of Horace's Art of Poetry of the first century B.C. to Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), whom Samuel Putnam quotes in Paris Was Our Mistress (1947) as saying: "Easy writing makes hard reading," writers have known that it takes more than inspiration to make a great poet. Hard work is also necessary. Jonson, in contributing to the First Folio edition of Shakespeare's plays a dedicatory poem with the long title "To the Memory of my Beloved, the Author, William Shakespeare," says:
. . . HeWho casts to write a living line, must sweat(Such as these are) and strike the second heatUpon the Muses' anvil; turn the same,(And himself with it) that he thinks to frame;Or for the laurel, he may gain a scorn,For a good poet's made, as well as born.