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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.

Author: Diane Ackerman (1948)

Profession: American Poet, Writer, Naturalist

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Homer has taught all other poets the are of telling lies skillfully.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Written poetry is worth reading once, and then should be destroyed. Let the dead poets make way for others. Then we might even come to see that it is our veneration for what has already been created, however beautiful and valid it may be, that petrifies us.

Author: Antonin Artaud (1896-1948)

Profession: French Theater Producer, Actor, Theorist

There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.

Author: John Ashbery (1927)

Profession: American Poet, Critic

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.

Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

Profession: Anglo-American Poet

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.

Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

Profession: Anglo-American Poet

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.

Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

Profession: Anglo-American Poet

Poetry makes nothing happen. It survives in the valley of its saying.

Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

Profession: Anglo-American Poet

Rhymes, meters, stanza forms, etc., are like servants. If the master is fair enough to win their affection and firm enough to command their respect, the result is an orderly happy household. If he is too tyrannical, they give notice; if he lacks authority, they become slovenly, impertinent, drunk and dishonest.

Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

Profession: Anglo-American Poet

The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man's body.

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

I've read some of your modern free verse and wonder who set it free.

Author: John Barrymore (1882-1942)

Profession: American Actor

Who among us has not, in moments of ambition, dreamt of the miracle of a form of poetic prose, musical but without rhythm and rhyme, both supple and staccato enough to adapt itself to the lyrical movements of our souls, the undulating movements of our reveries, and the convulsive movements of our consciences? This obsessive ideal springs above all from frequent contact with enormous cities, from the junction of their innumerable connections.

Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Profession: French Poet

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

Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Profession: French Poet

Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place.

Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Profession: French Poet