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QUOTES ON POETRY


The maker of poems settles justice, reality, immortality,
His insight and power encircle things and the human race,
He is the glory and extract thus far of things and of the human race.

WALT WHITMAN, Leaves of Grass

Give a man a few lines of verse and he thinks he's the Lord of all Creation.

RAY BRADBURY, Fahrenheit 451

Anyone may be an honorable man, and yet write verse badly.

MOLIÈRE, The Misanthrope

As imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Poetry is the one thing that isn't contaminated, the one thing that isn't part of the game.

ROBERTO BOLAÑO, 2666

In my experience poetry speaks to you either at first sight or not at all. A flash of revelation and a flash of response. Like lightning. Like falling in love.

J. M. COETZEE, Disgrace

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