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
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Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.

Dennis Gabor
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Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.

Marianne Moore
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Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.

Samuel Johnson
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Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.

Carl Sandburg
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Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.

Salvatore Quasimodo
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Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

Edgar Allan Poe
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Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

Carl Sandburg
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Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.

Thomas Gray
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Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

Robert Frost
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