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Of our conflicts with others we make rhetoric; of our conflicts with ourselves we make poetry.

One of Wordsworth's Lake District neighbours remarked, upon hearing of the poet's death "I suppose his son will carry on the business."

Poetry is a mug's game.

Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.

Poetry is all nouns and verbs.

Poetry is the impish attempt to paint the colour of the wind.

Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.

Poetry is the language of a state of crisis.

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess what is seen during a moment.

Poetry must be new as foam, and as old as the rock.

Poetry should be common in experience but uncommon in books.

Poets and painters are outside the class system, or rather they constitute a special class of their own, like the circus people and the gypsies.

Poets aren't very useful, because they aren't consumeful or very produceful.

Popular poets are the parish priests of the Muse, retailing her ancient divinations to a long since converted public.

Reason respects the differences, and imagination the similitudes of things.

Science is for those who learn; poetry for those who know.

The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.

The essentials of poetry are rhythm, dance and the human voice.

The mind that finds its way to wild places is the poet's; but the mind that never finds its way back is the lunatic's.

The poet is the priest of the invisible.


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