Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.

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Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.

Khalil Gibran
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Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.

Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.

William Hazlitt
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Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

Carl Sandburg
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Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.

Charles Simic
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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.

Leonard Cohen
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Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.

Rita Dove
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Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.

Plato
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Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.

T. S. Eliot
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