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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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    Rita Dove

    Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.

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    Carol Ann Duffy

    I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.

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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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    Michael Franti

    Every single soul is a poem.

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    Charles Baudelaire

    Always be a poet, even in prose.

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    John Ruskin

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

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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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    Jose Bergamin

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

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    Oscar Wilde

    A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

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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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    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Poetry: the best words in the best order.

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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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    Plato

    Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.

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    Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

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    Peter Davison

    I like poems that are little games.

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    Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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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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    Mark Strand

    Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.

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    Muriel Rukeyser

    Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.

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    William Hazlitt

    Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.

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    David Carradine

    If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.

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    Charles Baudelaire

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

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    Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

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    John Barton

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

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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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    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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    Richard Rosen

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

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    Paul Valery

    A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

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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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    Joseph Joubert

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

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    Oscar Wilde

    All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.

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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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    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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    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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    Carl Sandburg

    Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

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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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    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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    T. S. Eliot

    Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

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    Steven Wright

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

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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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    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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    Marianne Moore

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

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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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    Horace

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

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    Edgar Allan Poe

    Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

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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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    John Barton

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

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    Eli Khamarov

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

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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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    Samuel Johnson

    Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.

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    Dennis Gabor

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

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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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    Jean Cocteau

    The poet doesn't invent. He listens.

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    Thomas Gray

    Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.

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    Anne Stevenson

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

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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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    Robert Browning

    God is the perfect poet.

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    Walt Whitman

    To have great poets, there must be great audiences.

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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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    Robert Frost

    Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

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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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    Stephane Mallarme

    You don't make a poem with ideas, but with 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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    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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    John Ciardi

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

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    Robert Penn Warren

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Charles Simic

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

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    Andre Gide

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

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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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    Howard Nemerov

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

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    Marilyn Hacker

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

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    Adrienne Rich

    The moment of change is the only poem.

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    Novalis

    Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.

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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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    Carl Sandburg

    Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

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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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    Charles Simic

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

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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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    Plutarch

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

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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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    Leonard Cohen

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

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    Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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

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    John Cage

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

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