Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

Robert Frost
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Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.

John Keats
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Poetry: the best words in the best order.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition.

Eli Khamarov
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Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

Don Marquis
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Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems.

John Barton
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The moment of change is the only poem.

Adrienne Rich
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The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.

Jose Bergamin
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The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is, rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life.

Robert Penn Warren
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