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Poetry And Poets Quotes

E. E. Cummings
It is with roses and locomotives (not to mention acrobats Spring electricity Coney Island the 4th of July the eyes of mice and Niagara Falls) that my ''poems'' are competing.
E. E. Cummings
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Jean Cocteau
Such is the role of poetry. It unveils, in the strict sense of the word. It lays bare, under a light which shakes off torpor, the surprising things which surround us and which our senses record mechanically.
Jean Cocteau
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Henry David Thoreau
Good poetry seems too simple and natural a thing that when we meet it we wonder that all men are not always poets. Poetry is nothing but healthy speech.
Henry David Thoreau
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John F. Kennedy
When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
John F. Kennedy
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Only poetry inspires poetry.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sooner or later that which is now life shall be poetry, and every fair and manly trait shall add a richer strain to the song.''
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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 Voltaire
It is as impossible to translate poetry as it is to translate music.
Voltaire
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The eye is the notebook of the poet.
James Lowell
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
It does not need that a poem should be long. Every word was once a poem. Every new relationship is a new word.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Rainer Maria Rilke
Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
Rainer Maria Rilke
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Francis Bacon
The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man's body.
Francis Bacon
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Alphonse De Lamartine,
Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.
Alphonse De Lamartine,
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H. Auden
Poetry makes nothing happen. It survives in the valley of its saying.
H. Auden
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Edgar Allan Poe
With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.
Edgar Allan Poe
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William Hazlitt
The essence of poetry is will and passion.
William Hazlitt
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But all art is sensual and poetry particularly so. It is directly, that is, of the senses, and since the senses do not exist without an object for their employment all art is necessarily objective. It doesn't declaim or explain, it presents.
William Williams
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Joseph Joubert
You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.
Joseph Joubert
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 Voltaire
This poem will never reach its destination. [On Rousseau's Ode To Posterity]
Voltaire
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Between religion's ''this is'' and poetry's ''but suppose this is,'' there must always be some kind of tension, until the possible and the actual meet at infinity.
Northrop Frye
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T.S. Eliot
When a poet's mind is perfectly equipped for its work, it is constantly amalgamating disparate experiences.
T.S. Eliot
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poetry must be as new as foam and as old as the rock.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Painting was called silent poetry and poetry speaking painting.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft. You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation.
James Fenton
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James Joyce
Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.
James Joyce
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H. Auden
I cannot accept the doctrine that in poetry there is a ''suspension of belief.'' A poet must never make a statement simply because it is sounds poetically exciting; he must also believe it to be true.
H. Auden
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 Voltaire
Verses which do not teach men new and moving truths do not deserve to be read.
Voltaire
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If a poet has any obligation toward society, it is to write well. Being in the minority, he has no other choice. Failing this duty, he sinks into oblivion. Society, on the other hand, has no obligation toward the poet. A majority by definition, society thinks of itself as having other options than reading verses, no matter how well written. Its failure to do so results in its sinking to that level of locution at which society falls easy prey to a demagogue or a tyrant. This is society's own equivalent of oblivion.
Joseph Brodsky
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Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.
Thomas Macaulay
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