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A poem begins with a lump in the throat; a homesickness or alovesickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. (Quote by - Robert Frost)

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. (Quote by - T.S. Eliot)

Poetry, therefore, we will call Musical Thought. (Quote by - Thomas Carlyle)

Of our conflicts with others we make rhetoric; of our conflicts with ourselves we make poetry. (Quote by - William Butler Yeats)

Poetry is not a civilizer, rather the reverse, for great poetry appeals to the most primitive instincts. (Quote by - Robinson Jeffers)

For me, poetry is an evasion of the real job of writing prose. (Quote by - Sylvia Plath)

Poets aren't very useful, because they aren't consumeful or very produceful. (Quote by - Ogden Nash)

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. (Quote by - John Fitzgerald Kennedy)

If Painting be Poetry's sister, she can only be a sister Anne, who will see nothing but a flock of sheep, while the other bodies forth a troop of dragoons with drawn sabres and white-plumed helmets. (Quote by - Augustus William)

Reason respects the differences, and imagination the similitudes of things. (Quote by - Percy Bysshe Shelley)

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. (Quote by - W. H. Auden)

A good poet is someone who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times. (Quote by - Randall Jarrell)

A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times. (Quote by - Randall Jarell)

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. (Quote by - Samuel McChord Crothers)

Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance. (Quote by - John Keats)

Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know. (Quote by - Joseph Roux)

Feel you the barren flattery of a rhyme? Can poets soothe you, when you pine for bread, By winding myrtle round your ruin'd shed? (Quote by - George Crabbe)

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down. (Quote by - Robert Frost)

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." (Quote by - Robert Penn Warren)

Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words. (Quote by - Paul Engle)

The poetry of the earth is never dead. (Quote by - John Keats)

Made poetry a mere mechanic art. (Quote by - William Cowper)

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. (Quote by - T. S. Eliot)

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. (Quote by - Robert Frost)

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you. (Quote by - Joseph Joubert)


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