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POETRY
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The intellect colored by the feelings.
      - Professor Wilson

Bishop Ken styled poetry "thought in blossom."
      - William Winter

Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of imagination.
      - Ludwig Wittgenstein,
        Philosophical Investigations (p. 4)

Women have burnt like beacons in all the works of all the poets from the beginning of time.
      - Virginia Woolf (nee Stephen) (Adeline Virginia Woolf)

He murmurs near the running brooks a music sweeter than their own.
      - William Wordsworth

Poetry is most just to its divine origin, when it administers the comforts and breathes the thoughts of religion.
      - William Wordsworth

Poetry is the first and last of all knowledge: it is immortal as the heart of men. If the labors of the men of science should ever create any revolution, direct or indirect, in our condition, and in the impressions which we habitually receive, the poet will then sleep no more than at present; he will be ready to follow the steps of the man of science, not only in those general indirect effects, but he will be at his side, carrying sensation into the midst of the objects of the science itself. The remotest discoveries of the chemist, the botanist, or mineralogist will be as proper objects of the poet's art as any upon which it can be employed, if the time should ever come when these things shall be familiar to us, and the relations under which they are contemplated by the followers of the respective sciences shall be manifestly and palpably material to us as enjoying and suffering beings. If the time should ever come when what is now called science, thus familiarized to men, shall be ready to put on, as it were, a form of flesh and blood, the poet will lend his divine spirit to aid the transfiguration, and will welcome the being thus produced as a dear and genuine inmate of the household of man.
      - William Wordsworth

Take the sweet poetry of life away, and what remains behind?
      - William Wordsworth

The vision and the faculty divine;
  Yet wanting the accomplishment of verse.
      - William Wordsworth, Excursion (bk. I)

Wisdom married to immortal verse.
      - William Wordsworth, Excursion (bk. VII)

All things can tempt me from this craft of verse:
  One time it was a woman's face, or worse--
    The seeming needs of my fool-driven land;
      Now nothing but comes readier to the hand
        Than this accustomed toil.
      - William Butler Yeats, Collected Poems
         (p. 95)

When I was young,
  I had not given a penny for a song
    Did not the poet sing it with such airs
      That one believed he had a sword upstairs.
      - William Butler Yeats, Collected Poems
         (p. 96)

Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
      - Yevgeny Yevtushenko

There is in Poesy a decent pride,
  Which well becomes her when she speaks to Prose,
    Her younger sister.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night V, l. 64)


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