To have great poets there must be great audiences too.
Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.
Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.
We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
Dead Poet's Society
Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
|Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.|
|Percy Bysshe Shelley|