A definition of poetry can only determine what poetry should be and not what poetry actually was and is; otherwise the mos...
...the word "poetry" is often used to mean: how people construct an intelligibility out of the randomness they e...
The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.   Richard Rosen
Poetry presents indivisible wholes of human consciousness, modified and ordered by the stringent requirements of form.  Pr...
Poetry is, above all,  an approach to the truth of feeling....  A fine poem will seize your imagination intellectually— th...
All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow  of powerful feelings:  it takes its origin from emotion  recollected in tranq...
Poetry is not only dream and vision;  it is the skeleton architecture of our lives.  It lays the foundations for a future ...
Poetry is what is lost in translation. Robert Frost
Poetry is the most direct and simple means of expressing oneself in words: the most primitive nations have poetry, but onl...
So don’t think of poetry as a perverse and unnatural way of distorting ordinary prose statements: prose is a much less nat...
Prose talks and poetry sings. Franz Grillparzer
It has the virtue of being able to say twice as much as prose in half the time, and the drawback,  if you do not give it y...
Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our  ultimate relationship  to everyth...
Poetry is one of the destinies of speech....  One would say that the poetic image,  in its newness, opens a future to lang...
The true nature of poetry. The drive to connect.  The dream of a common language.    Adrienne Rich Language is  fossil poe...
Poetry is the universal language  which the heart holds with nature and itself.  He who has a contempt for poetry,  cannot...
Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes. Joseph Roux
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.  Kahlil Gibran
Poetry uses the hub of a torque converter  for a jello mold. Diane Glancy  Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on...
Poetry is adolescence fermented, and thus preserved. José Ortega Y Gasset
 
Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will some...
I've written some poetry I don't understand myself.   Carl Sandburg
Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.  Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all he...
Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose,  and the laborious art of exchanging  plain sense for harmony. Horace Walpole
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. Mario Cuomo
One great advantage which poetry has over prose— one sense in which, we might even say,  it is considerably more beautiful...
Poetry seems to have been eliminated as a literary genre, and installed instead, as a kind of spiritual aerobic exercise—n...
Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this...
'If I feel physically as if the top of my head  were taken off, I know that is poetry.' Emily Dickenson
Do you know how poetry started?  I always think that it started when  a cave boy came running back to the cave,  through t...
Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you—like music to the musician or Marxism to the Communist— or else...
 
 
I could no more define poetry  than a terrier can define a rat.' A. E. Housman  
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  1. 2. A definition of poetry can only determine what poetry should be and not what poetry actually was and is; otherwise the most concise formula would be: Poetry is that which at some time and some place was thus named. Friedrich Von Schlegel
  2. 3. ...the word "poetry" is often used to mean: how people construct an intelligibility out of the randomness they experience; how people choose what they love; how people integrate loss and gain; how they distort experience by wish and dream; how they perceive and consolidate flashes of harmony; how they (to end a list otherwise endless) achieve what Keats called a "Soul or Intelligence destined to possess the sense of Identity.” Helen Vendler
  3. 4. The poem is the point at which our strength gave out. Richard Rosen
  4. 5. Poetry presents indivisible wholes of human consciousness, modified and ordered by the stringent requirements of form. Prose, aiming at a definite and concrete goal, generally suppresses everything inessential to its purpose; poetry, existing only to exhibit itself as an aesthetic object, aims only at completeness and perfection of form. Richard Harter Fogle
  5. 6. Poetry is, above all, an approach to the truth of feeling.... A fine poem will seize your imagination intellectually— that is, when you reach it, you will reach it intellectually too— but the way is through emotion, through what we call feeling. Muriel Rukeyser
  6. 7. All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility. William Wordsworth
  7. 8. Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before. Audre Lorde
  8. 9. Poetry is what is lost in translation. Robert Frost
  9. 10. Poetry is the most direct and simple means of expressing oneself in words: the most primitive nations have poetry, but only quite well developed civilizations can produce good prose. ...
  10. 11. So don’t think of poetry as a perverse and unnatural way of distorting ordinary prose statements: prose is a much less natural way of speaking than poetry is. If you listen to small children, and to the amount of chanting and singsong in their speech, you’ll see what I mean. Northrop Frye
  11. 12. Prose talks and poetry sings. Franz Grillparzer
  12. 13. It has the virtue of being able to say twice as much as prose in half the time, and the drawback, if you do not give it your full attention, of seeming to say half as much in twice the time. Christopher Fry
  13. 14. Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe. Adrienne Rich
  14. 15. Poetry is one of the destinies of speech.... One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language. Gaston Bachelard
  15. 16. The true nature of poetry. The drive to connect. The dream of a common language. Adrienne Rich Language is fossil poetry. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  16. 17. Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else. William Hazlitt
  17. 18. Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes. Joseph Roux
  18. 19. Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.  Kahlil Gibran
  19. 20. Poetry uses the hub of a torque converter for a jello mold. Diane Glancy Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.' Carl Sandburg Poetry is a riprap on the slick rock of metaphysics Gary Snyder
  20. 21. Poetry is adolescence fermented, and thus preserved. José Ortega Y Gasset
  21. 23. Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure. A. E. Housman
  22. 24. I've written some poetry I don't understand myself. Carl Sandburg
  23. 25. Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words. Paul Engle
  24. 26. Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony. Horace Walpole
  25. 27. You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. Mario Cuomo
  26. 28. One great advantage which poetry has over prose— one sense in which, we might even say, it is considerably more beautiful— is that it fills up space approximately three times as rapidly. James Thurber
  27. 29. Poetry seems to have been eliminated as a literary genre, and installed instead, as a kind of spiritual aerobic exercise—nobody need read it, but anybody can do it. Marilyn Hacker
  28. 30. Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this or that or nothing, makes you know that you are alone in the unknown world, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own. Dylan Thomas
  29. 31. 'If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.' Emily Dickenson
  30. 32. Do you know how poetry started? I always think that it started when a cave boy came running back to the cave, through the tall grass, shouting as he ran, “Wolf, wolf,” and there was no wolf. His baboon-like parents, great sticklers for the truth, gave him a hiding, no doubt, but poetry had been born—the tall story had been born in the tall grass. Vladimir Nabokov
  31. 33. Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you—like music to the musician or Marxism to the Communist— or else it is nothing, an empty formalized bore around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations. F. Scott Fitzgerald
  32. 36. I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat.' A. E. Housman  
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