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Engrave this Quote A poet is someone who is astonished by everything.
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-Anon.
Engrave this Quote I don't see how poetry can ever be easy... Real poetry, the thick, dense, intense, complicated stuff that lives and endures, requires blood sweat; blood and sweat are essential elements in poetry as well as behind it.
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-Edward Abbey
Engrave this Quote A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically.
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-Diane Ackerman
Engrave this Quote Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
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-Aristotle
Engrave this Quote Homer has taught all other poets the are of telling lies skillfully.
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-Aristotle
Engrave this Quote Written poetry is worth reading once, and then should be destroyed. Let the dead poets make way for others. Then we might even come to see that it is our veneration for what has already been created, however beautiful and valid it may be, that petrifies us.
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-Antonin Artaud
Engrave this Quote There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.
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-John Ashbery
Engrave this Quote It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.
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-Brooks Atkinson
Once Around the Sun, 1951
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-W. H. Auden
Engrave this Quote It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.
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-W. H. Auden
Foreword, The Dyer's Hand, 1962.
Engrave this Quote Poetry makes nothing happen. It survives in the valley of its saying.
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-W. H. Auden
Engrave this Quote Rhymes, meters, stanza forms, etc., are like servants. If the master is fair enough to win their affection and firm enough to command their respect, the result is an orderly happy household. If he is too tyrannical, they give notice; if he lacks authority, they become slovenly, impertinent, drunk and dishonest.
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-W. H. Auden
Engrave this Quote As a poet there is only one political duty, and that is to defend one's language against corruption. When it is corrupted, people lose faith in what they hear and this leads to violence.
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-W. H. Auden
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Francis Bacon
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Russell Baker
Engrave this Quote I've read some of your modern free verse and wonder who set it free.
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-John Barrymore
Engrave this Quote Who among us has not, in moments of ambition, dreamt of the miracle of a form of poetic prose, musical but without rhythm and rhyme, both supple and staccato enough to adapt itself to the lyrical movements of our souls, the undulating movements of our reveries, and the convulsive movements of our consciences? This obsessive ideal springs above all from frequent contact with enormous cities, from the junction of their innumerable connections.
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-Charles Baudelaire
Engrave this Quote Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place.
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-Charles Baudelaire
Engrave this Quote Any healthy man can go without food for two days -- but not without poetry.
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-Charles Baudelaire
Engrave this Quote The poet is like the prince of clouds
Who haunts the tempest and laughs at the archer;
Exiled on the ground in the midst of jeers,
His giant wings prevent him from walking.

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-Charles Baudelaire
Les Fleurs du Mal. L'Albatros, st. 4
Engrave this Quote The fact that there are so many weak, poor and boring stories and novels written and published in America has been ascribed by our rebels to the horrible squareness of our institutions, the idiocy of power, the debasement of sexual instincts, and the failure of writers to be alienated enough. The poems and novels of these same rebellious spirits, and their theoretical statements, are grimy and gritty and very boring too, besides being nonsensical, and it is evident by now that polymorphous sexuality and vehement declarations of alienation are not going to produce great works of art either.
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-Saul Bellow
Engrave this Quote People cannot stand the saddest truth I know about the very nature of reading and writing imaginative literature, which is that poetry does not teach us how to talk to other people: it teaches us how to talk to ourselves. What I
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-Harold Bloom
Engrave this Quote Poetry is the impish attempt to paint the color of the wind.
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-Maxwell Bodenheim
Engrave this Quote In the works of the better poets you get the sensation that they're not talking to people any more, or to some seraphical creature. What they're doing is simply talking back to the language itself --as beauty, sensuality, wisdom, irony --those aspects of language of which the poet is a clear mirror. Poetry is not an art or a branch of art, it's something more. If what distinguishes us from other species is speech, then poetry, which is the supreme linguistic operation, is our anthropological, indeed genetic, goal. Anyone who regards poetry as an entertainment, as a read, commits an anthropological crime, in the first place, against himself.
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-Joseph Brodsky
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Joseph Brodsky

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