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    What is a Sonnet? 'Tis the pearly shell
    That murmurs of the far-off, murmuring sea;
    A precious jewel carved most curiously;
    It is a little picture painted well.
    What is a Sonnet? 'Tis the tear that fell
    From a great poet's hidden ecstasy;
    A two-edged sword, a star, a song--ah me!
    Sometimes a heavy tolling funeral bell.

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

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

by Percy Bysshe Shelley Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

by Oscar Wilde Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, read more

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

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For it is not metres, but a metre-making argument that makes a
poem.

For it is not metres, but a metre-making argument that makes a
poem.

by Ralph Waldo Emerson Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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morning: that first sapphire dome of glow.

morning: that first sapphire dome of glow.

by C K Williams Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been read more

A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him.

by Dylan Thomas Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.

by Edmund Burke Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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I've written some poetry I don't understand myself.

I've written some poetry I don't understand myself.

by Carl Sandburg Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth--the true poet is very near the oracle.

Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth--the true poet is very near the oracle.

by Edwin Hubbel Chapin Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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