The First Person

Kipling became a political poet because he preferred writing in the second or third person to writing in the first person. In the 834 pages of the collected poems there is exactly one lyric written in propria persona, and that is the final one… The poems give delight frequently, but they also raise disquiet. To read them… is to suspect that meditation and the first person have rather paupered English poetry. The hermetic lyric of personal emotion and its sloppier successor, the psychological self-search, account for an appalling percentage of all verse.

— Turner Cassity

Not found by me; I stole it from Anecdotal Evidence