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Painting is silent poetry, poetry is eloquent painting.
      - Simonides of Ceos

A poem round and perfect as a star.
      - Alexander Smith, A Life Drama (sc. 2)

People who don't have nightmares don't have dreams.
      - Robert Paul Smith,
        Where Did You Go? Out. What Did You Do? Nothing
         (p. 124)

I was promised on a time,
  To have reason for my rhyme;
    From that time unto this season,
      I received nor rhyme nor reason.
      - Edmund Spenser,
        Lines on His Promised Pensions,
        see "Fuller's Worthies" by Nuttall, vol. II, p. 379

Poetry is the apotheosis of sentiment.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine art; the easiest to dabble in, the hardest in which to reach true excellence.
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman

Poetry is in itself strength and joy, whether it be crowned by all mankind, or left alone in its own magic hermitage.
      - John Sterling

In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.
      - Wallace Stevens

Poetry is poetry, and one's objective as a poet is to achieve poetry precisely as one's objective in music is to achieve music.
      - Wallace Stevens

True poets, like great artists, have scarcely any childhood, and no old age.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Jewels five-words-long,
  That on the stretch'd forefinger of all Time
    Sparkle for ever.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Princess
         (pt. II, l. 355)

As the falcon launched trustingly heavenward is lost to view, the course of the higher poetry often soars beyond the ken of the multitude; and, as the humble birds carol blithely round our dwellings, so the meeker lays of the muse linger tunefully about the heart.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

Poetry is the overflowing of the Soul.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
      - Paul Valery

Poetry, the sister-spirit of music.
      - Mme. le Vert

Thy verses are as pleasing to me, O divine poet, as sleep is to the wearied on the soft turf.
  [Lat., Tale tuum carmen nobis, divine poeta,
    Quale sopor fessis in gramine.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        Eclogoe (V, 45)

Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        A Philosophical Dictionary--Poets

Old-fashioned poetry, but choicely good.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (pt. I, ch. IV)

And so no force, however great,
  Can strain a cord, however fine,
    Into a horizontal line
      That shall be absolutely straight.
      - William Whewell,
        given as an accidental instance of metre and poetry

Agonies are one of my changes of garments.
      - Walt Whitman

Give lettered pomp to teeth of Time,
  So "Bonnie Doon" but tarry:
    Blot our the epic's stately rhyme,
      But square his Highland Mary!
      - John Greenleaf Whittier, Burns
         (last stanza)

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Poetical taste is the only magician whose wand is not broken. No hand, except its own, can dissolve the fabric of beauty in which it dwells. Genii, unknown to Arabian fable, wait at the portal. Whatever is most precious from the loom or the mine of fancy is poured at its feet. Love, purified by contemplation, visits and cheers it; unseen musicians are heard in the dark; it is Psyche in the palace of Cupid.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

Poetry deserves the honor it obtains as the eldest offspring of literature, and the fairest. It is the fruitfulness of many plants growing into one flower and sowing itself over the world in shapes of beauty and color, which differ with the soil that receives and the sun that ripens the seed. In Persia, it comes up the rose of Hafiz; in England, the many-blossomed tree of Shakespeare.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

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