The strong poet peers into the mirror of his fallen precursor and beholds neither the precursor nor himself but a Gnostic double, the dark otherness or antithesis that both he and the precursor longed to be, yet feared to become.
— Harold Bloom, The Anxiety Of Influence
Repetition properly so called is recollected forwards.
— Søren Kierkegaard via The Anxiety of Influence
If this book’s argument is correct, then the covert subject of most poetry for the last three centuries has been the anxiety of influence, each poet’s fear that no proper work remains for him to perform.
— Harold Bloom, The Anxiety of Influence
There are no interpretations but only misinterpretations, and so all criticism is prose poetry.
— Harold Bloom, The Anxiety of Influence