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E. E. Cummings

"It is with roses and locomotives (not to mention acrobats Spring electricity Coney Island the 4th of July the eyes of mice and Niagara Falls) that my ''poems'' are competing." E. E. Cummings
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Jean Cocteau

"Such is the role of poetry. It unveils, in the strict sense of the word. It lays bare, under a light which shakes off torpor, the surprising things which surround us and which our senses record mechanically." Jean Cocteau
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Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Painting was called silent poetry and poetry speaking painting." Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds." Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Poetry must be as new as foam and as old as the rock." Ralph Waldo Emerson
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John F. Kennedy

"When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses." John F. Kennedy
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Henry David Thoreau

"Good poetry seems too simple and natural a thing that when we meet it we wonder that all men are not always poets. Poetry is nothing but healthy speech." Henry David Thoreau
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"The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft. You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation." James Fenton
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 Voltaire

"This poem will never reach its destination. [On Rousseau's Ode To Posterity]" Voltaire
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 Voltaire

"Verses which do not teach men new and moving truths do not deserve to be read." Voltaire
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James Joyce

"Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality." James Joyce
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Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world." Percy Bysshe Shelley
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"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." Northrop Frye
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H. Auden

"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." H. Auden
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T.S. Eliot

"I take as metaphysical poetry that in which what is ordinarily apprehensible only by thought is brought within the grasp of feeling, or that in which what is ordinarily only felt is transformed into thought without ceasing to be feeling." T.S. Eliot
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Samuel Coleridge

"That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith." Samuel Coleridge
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T.S. Eliot

"When a poet's mind is perfectly equipped for its work, it is constantly amalgamating disparate experiences." T.S. Eliot
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"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." Joseph Brodsky
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Samuel Coleridge

"I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; --poetry = the best words in the best order." Samuel Coleridge
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Christopher Fry

"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." Christopher Fry
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Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Sooner or later that which is now life shall be poetry, and every fair and manly trait shall add a richer strain to the song.''" Ralph Waldo Emerson
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