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Engrave this Quote Highly important in poetry is Rhythm, but the word means merely 'flow,' so that rhythm belongs to prose as well as to poetry. Good rhythm is merely a pleasing succession of sounds. Meter, the distinguishing formal mark of poetry and all verse, is merely rhythm which is regular in certainfundamental respects, roughly speaking is rhythm in which the recurrence of stressed syllables or of feet with definite time-values is regular. There is no proper connection either in spelling or in meaning between rhythm and rime (which is generally misspelled 'rhyme'). The adjective derived from'rhythm' is 'rhythmical'; there is no adjective from 'rime' except 'rimed.' The word 'verse' in its general sense includes all writing in meter. Poetry is that verse which has real literary merit.
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-Robert Huntington Fletcher
A History of English Literature
Engrave this Quote We all write poems. It is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
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-John Fowles
Engrave this Quote Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.
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-Robert Frost
Engrave this Quote A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.
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-Robert Frost
Engrave this Quote I would as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down.
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-Robert Frost
Engrave this Quote Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.
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-Robert Frost
Engrave this Quote Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
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-Robert Frost
Engrave this Quote A poem begins with a lump in the throat, a home-sickness or a love-sickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where the emotion has found its thought and the thought has found the words.
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-Robert Frost
Engrave this Quote Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement... says heaven and earth in one word... speaks of himself and his predicament as though for the first time. It has the virtue of being able to say twice as much as prose in half the time, and the drawback, if you do not give it your full attention, of seeming to say half as much in twice the time.
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-Christopher Fry
Engrave this Quote Just as a new scientific discovery manifests something that was already latent in the order of nature, and at the same time is logically related to the total structure of the existing science, so the new poem manifests something that was already latent in the order of words.
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-Northrop Frye
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Northrop Frye
Engrave this Quote I don't know a better preparation for life than a love of poetry and a good digestion.
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-Zona Gale
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Kahlil Gibran, "The Poet of Baalbek"
Engrave this Quote The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That's what poetry does.
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-Allen Ginsberg
Engrave this Quote Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.
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-Allen Ginsberg
Engrave this Quote I have a new method of poetry. All you got to do is look over your notebooks... or lay down on a couch, and think of anything that comes into your head, especially the miseries. Then arrange in lines of two, three or four words each, don't bother about sentences, in sections of two, three or four lines each.
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-Allen Ginsberg
Engrave this Quote Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.
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-Thomas Hardy
Engrave this Quote The poetry from the eighteenth century was prose; the prose from the seventeenth century was poetry.
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-David Hare
Engrave this Quote Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.
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-David Hare
Engrave this Quote The essence of poetry is will and passion.
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-William Hazlitt
Engrave this Quote Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.
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-William Hazlitt
Engrave this Quote The poetical impression of any object is that uneasy, exquisite sense of beauty or power that cannot be contained within itself; that is impatient of all limit; that (as flame bends to flame) strives to link itself to some other image of kindred beauty or grandeur; to enshrine itself, as it were, in the highest forms of fancy, and to relieve the aching sense of pleasure by expressing it in the boldest manner.
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-William Hazlitt
Then this immensive cup
Of aromatic wine,
Catullus, I quaff up
To that terse muse of thine.

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-Robert Herrick
To Live Merrily and to Trust to Good Verses
Engrave this Quote The man is either mad, or he is making verses.
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-Horace
Engrave this Quote No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers.
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-Horace

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