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POETRY
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Still may syllables jar with time,
  Still may reason war with rhyme,
    Resting never!
      - Ben Jonson,
        Underwoods--Fit of Rhyme Against Rhyme

Nothing which does not transport is poetry. The lyre is a winged instrument.
      - Joseph Joubert

Poetry is to be found nowhere unless we carry it within us.
      - Joseph Joubert

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some with you.
      - Joseph Joubert

You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.
      - Joseph Joubert

These are the gloomy comparisons of a disturbed imagination; the melancholy madness of poetry, without the inspiration.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis),
        Letter No. VII--To Sir W. Draper

Indignation leads to the making of poetry.
  [Lat., Facit indignatio versum.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (I, 79)

If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree, it had better not come at all.
      - John Keats (1)

Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.
      - John Keats (1)

Poetry should please by a fine excess and not by singularity. It should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost as a remembrance.
      - John Keats (1)

Sweet are the pleasures that to verse belong,
  And doubly sweet a brotherhood in song.
      - John Keats (1)

The poetry of earth is never dead;
  . . . .
    The poetry of earth is ceasing never.
      - John Keats (1),
        On the Grasshopper and Cricket

A drainless shower
  Of light is poesy: 'tis the supreme of power;
    'Tis might half slumbering on its own right arm.
      - John Keats (1), Sleep and Poetry (l. 237)

There are nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays,
  And--every--single--one--of--them--is--right.
      - Rudyard Kipling, In the Neolithic Age

Those are poets who write thoughts as fragrant as flowers, and in as many-colored words.
      - Baroness Barbara Juliane de Krudener

Poetry has been the guardian angel of humanity in all ages.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Poetry is the morning dream of great minds.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

I allow no hot-beds in the gardens of Parnassus.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

That which moveth the heart most is the best poetry; it comes nearest unto God, the source of all power.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Poetry and flowers are the wine and spirit of the Arab; a couplet is equal to a bottle, and a rose to a dram, without the evil effects of either.
      - Sir Henry Austen Layard

The time for Pen and Sword was when
  "My ladye fayre," for pity,
    Could tend her wounded knight, and then
      Grow tender at his ditty.
        Some ladies now make pretty songs,
          And some make pretty nurses:
            Some men are good for righting wrongs,
              And some for writing verses.
      - Frederick Locker-Lampson,
        The Jester's Plea

As to the pure mind all things are pure, so to the poetic mind all things are poetical.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Every great poem is in itself limited by necessity, but in its suggestions unlimited and infinite.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What shall I say about poetry? What shall I say about those clouds, or about the sky? Look; look at them; look at it! And nothing more. Don't you understand anything about poetry? Leave that to the critics and the professors. For neither you, nor I, nor any poet knows what poetry is.
      - Federico Garcia Lorca,
        in Jacques Prevert's "Spectacle," in "Nouvelle Revue Francaise," 1951

In the earliest ages science was poetry, as in the latter poetry has become science.
      - James Russell Lowell


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