'Lines of poetry he [Hockney] likes provide shots in the arm for him as an artist. He knows them by heart. They write their way into his blood and they stimulate his work...Lines taken from a poem of Cavafy, 'Kaisarion with all his beauty' produce imagery of free association in Hockney's mind: the boy with hyacinthine locks, a helmeted face in profile like that on a Greek coin - modern stereotypes which are kind of a humorous comment on Greek classical art filtered down to us through coins, postage stamps and advertising, and yet haunted with some strange erotic feeling.' (Stephen Spender, 'David Hockney and Poetry', in: Hockney & Poetry, Michael Parkin Fine Art, exh. cat., London, 1982).