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    John Cage

    There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.

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    John Barton

    No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results?

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    Salman Rushdie

    A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.

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    Carol Ann Duffy

    I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.

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    John Keats

    Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.

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    Carl Sandburg

    Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

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    Michael Franti

    Every single soul is a poem.

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    Jean Cocteau

    The poet doesn't invent. He listens.

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    William Hazlitt

    Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.

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    John Ruskin

    To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.

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    Jean Cocteau

    A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.

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    Mark Strand

    Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.

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    Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.

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    Paul Valery

    A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

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    Paul Muldoon

    One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.

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    Marilyn Hacker

    Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.

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    Steven Wright

    I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.

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    Edgar Allan Poe

    Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

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    Wallace Stevens

    A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.

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    James Schuyler

    However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence, there can't be much to it.

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    John Fowles

    We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.

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    Anne Stevenson

    A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings - about human feelings and frailties.

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    George Sand

    He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.

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    Voltaire

    One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.

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    John Ciardi

    You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.

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    Joseph Joubert

    You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.

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    Plato

    Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.

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    Plutarch

    Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.

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    Philip Levine

    There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory.

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    Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

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    Yevgeny Yevtushenko

    A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.

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    Charles Baudelaire

    Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.

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    Robert Graves

    There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.

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    Carl Sandburg

    Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.

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    Octavio Paz

    To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.

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    Eli Khamarov

    Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition.

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    Samuel Johnson

    Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.

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    Robert Penn Warren

    The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is, rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life.

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    Don Marquis

    Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

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    Thomas Gray

    Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.

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    Jose Bergamin

    The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.

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    Douglas Dunn

    A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an audience to understand all the nuances.

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    Robert Frost

    A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.

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    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Poetry: the best words in the best order.

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    Lionel Trilling

    The poet may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.

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    Charles Olson

    You don't help people in your poems. I've been trying to help people all my life - that's my trouble.

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    W. H. Auden

    A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.

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    T. S. Eliot

    Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.

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    Khalil Gibran

    Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.

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    Jean Cocteau

    The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.

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    Robert Frost

    Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

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    Mark Strand

    Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.

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    Charles Simic

    Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.

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    Oscar Wilde

    All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.

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    Charles Baudelaire

    Always be a poet, even in prose.

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    Howard Nemerov

    I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.

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    Richard Rosen

    The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.

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    Salvatore Quasimodo

    Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.

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    Horace

    No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.

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    Gustave Flaubert

    Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.

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    David Carradine

    If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.

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    Muriel Rukeyser

    Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.

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    Thomas Harrison

    A poem conveys not a message so much as the provenance of a message, an advent of sense.

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    A. E. Housman

    Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.

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    Peter Davison

    I like poems that are little games.

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    E. M. Forster

    A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.

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    Jean Cocteau

    Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.

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    Robert Penn Warren

    How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.

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    Robert Browning

    God is the perfect poet.

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    Leonard Cohen

    Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.

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    T. S. Eliot

    Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

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    M. H. Abrams

    If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem.

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    Marianne Moore

    Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.

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    Alfred de Musset

    Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.

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    Oscar Wilde

    A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

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    Thomas Hardy

    If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.

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    Anne Stevenson

    Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.

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    Novalis

    Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.

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    Walt Whitman

    To have great poets, there must be great audiences.

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    Adrienne Rich

    The moment of change is the only poem.

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    Paul Engle

    Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.

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    Dennis Gabor

    Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.

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    Gilbert K. Chesterton

    The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

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    Rita Dove

    Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.

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    Robert Frost

    Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

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    Stephane Mallarme

    You don't make a poem with ideas, but with words.

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    Andre Gide

    "Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.

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    Carl Sandburg

    Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

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    Charles Simic

    Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.

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    John Barton

    Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems.

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