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Poetry "I gave up on new poetry myself thirty years ago, when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens on a hostile world."Baker, Russell
Poetry "Always be a poet, even in prose."Baudelaire, Charles
Poetry "God is the perfect poet."Browning, Robert
Poetry "There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing."Cage, John
Poetry "A poet must leave traces of his passage, not proof."Char, Rene
Poetry "The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."Chesterton, Gilbert K.
Poetry "You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone."Ciardi, John
Poetry "Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie."Cocteau, Jean
Poetry "A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses."Cocteau, Jean
Poetry "The poet doesn't invent. He listens."Cocteau, Jean
Poetry "The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth."Cocteau, Jean
Poetry "Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."Cohen, Leonard
Poetry "A prose writer gets tired of writing prose, and wants to be a poet. So he begins every line with a capital letter, and keeps on writing prose."Crothers, Samuel McChord
Poetry "Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful."Dove, Rita
Poetry "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."Eliot, T. S.
Poetry "Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood."Eliot, T. S.
Poetry "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."Engle, Paul
Poetry "Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry."Flaubert, Gustave
Poetry "A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself."Forster, E. M.
Poetry "Poetry is what gets lost in translation."Frost, Robert
Poetry "Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Frost, Robert
Poetry "A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom."Frost, Robert
Poetry "The poet, as everyone knows, must strike his individual note sometime between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five. He may hold it a long time, or a short time, but it is then that he must strike it or never. School and college have been conducted with the almost express purpose of keeping him busy with something else till the danger of his ever creating anything is past."Frost, Robert
Poetry "To be a poet is a condition, not a profession."Frost, Robert
Poetry "Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them."Gabor, Dennis
Poetry "Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary."Gibran, Kahlil
Poetry "A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland."Gibran, Kahlil
Poetry "There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either."Graves, Robert
Poetry "Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn."Gray, Thomas
Poetry "If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone."Hardy, Thomas
Poetry "Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life."Hazlitt, William
Poetry "No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers."Horace, 
Poetry "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."Housman, A. E.
Poetry "Therefore is a word the poet must not know."ide, Andre G
Poetry "Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth."Johnson, Samuel
Poetry "You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you."Joubert, Joseph
Poetry "Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance."Keats, John
Poetry "Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition."Khamarov, Eli
Poetry "A poet is an unhappy being whose heart is torn by secret sufferings, but whose lips are so strangely formed that when the sighs and the cries escape them, they sound like beautiful music... and then people crowd about the poet and say to him: "Sing for us soon again;" that is as much as to say, "May new sufferings torment your soul.""Kierkegaard, Soren
Poetry "Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind."Macaulay, Thomas B.
Poetry "It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things."Mallarme, Stephen
Poetry "Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo."Marquis, Don
Poetry "Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads."Moore, Marianne
Poetry "Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content."Musset, Alfred de
Poetry "Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason."Novalis, 
Poetry "Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history."Plato, 
Poetry "Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words."Poe, Edgar Allan
Poetry "Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own."Quasimodo, Salvatore
Poetry "The poem is the point at which our strength gave out."Rosen, Richard
Poetry "Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know."Roux, Joseph
Poetry "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."Rushdie, Salman
Poetry "He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life."Sand, George
Poetry "Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away."Sandburg, Carl
Poetry "I've written some poetry I don't understand myself."Sandburg, Carl
Poetry "Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment."Sandburg, Carl
Poetry "Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits."Sandburg, Carl
Poetry "Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance."Sandburg, Carl
Poetry "Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes."Sandburg, Carl
Poetry "Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted."Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Poetry "Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world."Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Poetry "Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them."Simic, Charles
Poetry "Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket."Simic, Charles
Poetry "A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman."Stevens, Wallace
Poetry "You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it tick... You're back with the mystery of having been moved by words. The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps... so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in."Thomas, Dylan
Poetry "The poet... may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather."Trilling, Lionel
Poetry "A poem is never finished, only abandoned."Valery, Paul
Poetry "The poet is in the end probably more afraid of the dogmatist who wants to extract the message from the poem and throw the poem away than he is of the sentimentalist who says, "Oh, just let me enjoy the poem.""Warren, Robert Penn
Poetry "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."Warren, Robert Penn
Poetry "A poet dares be just so clear and no clearer... He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it. A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring."White, E. B.
Poetry "To have great poets, there must be great audiences."Whitman, Walt
Poetry "A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Wilde, Oscar
Poetry "All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Wilde, Oscar
Poetry "A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote."Yevtushenko, Yevgeny


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