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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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Made poetry a mere mechanic art.

Made poetry a mere mechanic art.

by William Cowper Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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Poetry, therefore, we will call Musical Thought.

Poetry, therefore, we will call Musical Thought.

by Thomas Carlyle Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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Some force whole regions, in despite
O' geography, to change their site;
Make former times shake hands read more

Some force whole regions, in despite
O' geography, to change their site;
Make former times shake hands with latter,
And that which was before come after;
But those that write in rhyme still make
The one verse for the other's sake;
For one for sense, and one for rhyme,
I think's sufficient at one time.

by Samuel Butler Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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The poet is in the end probably more afraid of the dogmatist who wants to extract the message from the read more

The poet is in the end probably more afraid of the dogmatist who wants to extract the message from the poem and throw the poem away than he is of the sentimentalist who says, "Oh, just let me enjoy the poem.".

by Robert Penn Warren Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation
and specificity.

Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation
and specificity.

by Walter Mosley Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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Poetry is the work of poets, not of peoples or communities; artistic creation can never be anything but the production read more

Poetry is the work of poets, not of peoples or communities; artistic creation can never be anything but the production of an individual mind.

by Lascelles Abercrombie Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls.

Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls.

by Voltaire Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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A poet is an unhappy being whose heart is torn by secret sufferings, but whose lips are so strangely formed read more

A poet is an unhappy being whose heart is torn by secret sufferings, but whose lips are so strangely formed that when the sighs and the cries escape them, they sound like beautiful music... and then people crowd about the poet and say to him: "Sing for us soon again;" that is as much as to say, "May new sufferings torment your soul.".

by Soren Kierkegaard Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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God is the perfect poet.

God is the perfect poet.

by Robert Browning Found in: Poetry Quotes,
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