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All that is not prose passes for poetry.

Always be a poet, even in prose.

An artist that works in marble or colors has them all to himself and his tribe, but the man who moulds his thoughts in verse has to employ the materials vulgarized by everybody's use, and glorify them by his handling.

Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.

As nightingales feed on glow worms, so poets live upon the living light of nature and beauty.

By poetry we mean the art of employing words in such a manner as to produce an illusion on the imagination; the art of doing by means of words, what the painter does by means of colors.

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.

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.

Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

God is the perfect poet.

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.

He who finds elevated and lofty pleasure in the feeling of poetry is a true poet, though he never composed a line of verse in his entire lifetime.

He who, in an enlightened and literary society, aspires to be a great poet, must first become a little child.

How different is the poet from the mystic. - The former uses symbols, knowing they are symbols; the latter mistakes them for realities.

I consider poetry very subordinate to moral and political science.

I have met with most poetry on trunks; so that I am apt to consider the trunk-maker as the sexton of authorship.

I was promised on a time, To have reason for my rhyme; From that time unto this season, I received nor rhyme nor reason.

I've written some poetry I don't understand myself.


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