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A beautiful line of verse has twelve feet, and two wings.
~ Jules Renard

 

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A good poet's made as well as born.
~ Ben Johnson

 

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A mighty good sausage stuffer was spoiled when the man became a poet.
~ Eugene Field

 

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A person born with an instinct for poverty.
~ Elbert Hubbard

 

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A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.
~ Robert Frost

 

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A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
~ Robert Frost

 

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

 

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A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically.
~ Diane Ackerman

 

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A poet can survive anything but a misprint.
~ Oscar Wilde

 

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A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.
~ Max Eastman

 

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A poet is born not made.
~ Saying

 

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A poet's pleasure is to withhold a little of his meaning, to intensify by mystification. He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White

 

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All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
~ Gustave Flaubert

 

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An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.
~ Raymond Chandler

 

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Any healthy man can go without food for two days -- but not without poetry.
~ Charles Baudelaire

 

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As a poet there is only one political duty, and that is to defend one's language against corruption. When it is corrupted, people lose faith in what they hear and this leads to violence.
~ W. H. Auden

 

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As to ''Don Juan,'' confess that it is the sublime of that there sort of writing; it may be bawdy, but is it not good English? It may be profligate, but is it not life, is it not the thing? Could any man have written it who has not lived in the world? and tooled in a post-chaise? in a hackney coach? in a Gondola? against a wall? in a court carriage? in a vis a vis? on a table? and under it?
~ Lord Byron

 

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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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But all art is sensual and poetry particularly so. It is directly, that is, of the senses, and since the senses do not exist without an object for their employment all art is necessarily objective. It doesn't declaim or explain, it presents.
~ William Carlos Williams

 

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Each venture is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate with shabby equipment always deteriorating in the general mess of imprecision of feeling.
~ T. S. Eliot

 

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