The great ages of prose are the ages in which men shave. The great ages of poetry are those in which they allow their beards to grow.
(Irish: Roibéard Ó Floinn, 20 April 1879 – 6 October 1949) was an Irish writer, an urbane literary essayist and strong Irish nationalist.
Solomon in All His Glory (1922)
I am not sure about this statement. Most of the Romantic poets of the nineteenth century were clean-shaven, I think. In the end I chose a portrait of the towering literary figure, Rabindranath Tagore, as he was equally known for his prose and his verse.