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If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.

If the grain were separated from the chaff which fills the works of our national poets, what is truly valuable would be to what is useless in the proportion of a mole-hill to a mountain.

In poetry, which is all fable, truth still is the perfection.

In the hands of genius, the driest stick becomes an Aaron's rod, and buds and blossoms out in poetry. Is he a Burns? the sight of a mountain daisy unseals the fountains of his nature, and he embalms the "bonny gem" in the beauty of his spirit. Is he a Wordsworth? at his touch all nature is instinct with feeling; the spirit of beauty springs up in the footsteps of his going, and the darkest, nakedest grave becomes a sunlit bank empurpled with blossoms of life.

It is shallow criticism that would define poetry as confined to literary productions in rhyme and metre. The written poem is only poetry talking, and the statue, the picture, and the musical composition are poetry acting. Milton and Goethe, at their desks, were not more truly poets than Phidias with his chisel, Raphael at his easel, or deaf Beethoven bending over his piano, inventing and producing strains which he himself could never hope to hear.

Let your poem be kept nine years.

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.

Of all kinds of ambition, that which pursues poetical fame is the wildest.

Oh love will make a dog howl in rhyme.

One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.

Our poetry in the eighteenth century was prose; our prose in the seventeenth, poetry. See quote detail

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.

Perhaps there are no warmer lovers of the muse than those who are only permitted occasionally to gain her favors. The shrine is more reverently approached by the pilgrim from afar than the familiar worshipper. Poetry is often most beloved by one whose daily vocation is armd the bustle of the world.

Poesy is of so subtle a spirit, that in the pouring out of one language into another it will evaporate.

Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases.

Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.

Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.


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