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    Quotations about Poetry

    • In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.
    • One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
    • Every English poet should master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them.
    • A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.
      Time Enough for Love, 1978, by Robert Heinlein
    • Many brave men lived before Agamemnon; but all are overwhelmed in eternal night, unwept, unknown, because they lack a sacred poet.
      Odes, by Horace
    • A poem is no place for an idea.
      Country Town Sayings, 1911, by Edgar Watson Howe
    • Poetry should please by a fine excess and not by singularity. It should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost as a remembrance.
    • A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child.
    • Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
    • Poetry often enters through the window of irrelevance.
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