True poetry, like the
religious prompting itself, springs from the emotional side of a man's
complex nature, and is ever in harmony with his highest intuitions and
aspirations. —Epes Sargent.
Poetry is the
rhythmical creation of beauty in words. —Edgar Allan Poe
It is uninspired inspiration. —Henry Reed.
Poetry is the blossom and the fragrance
of all human knowledge,
human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language. —Coleridge.
with them, and
Who gave us nobler loves and nobler cares,
The poets, who on earth have made us heirs
Of truth and pure delight by heavenly lays!
Poetry is the music of thought, conveyed
to us in music of language. —Chatfield.
He who finds elevated and lofty
pleasures in the feeling of poetry
is a true poet, though he has never composed a line of verse in his
entire lifetime. —Madame Dudevant.
Poetry is enthusiasm with wings of fire;
it is the angel of high
thoughts, that inspires us with the power of sacrifice. —Mazzini.
Poetry is the record of the best and
happiest moments of the
happiest and best minds. —Shelley.
Poetry is unfallen speech. Paradise knew
no other, for no other
would suffice to answer the need of those ecstatic days of innocence. —Abraham Coles.
is of so subtle a spirit, that in the pouring out of one language into
another it will evaporate. —Denham.
Poetry is the child of enthusiasm. —Sigma.
Then, rising with aurora's light,
The muse invoked, sit down to write;
Blot out, correct, insert, refine,
Enlarge, diminish, interline;
Be mindful, when invention fails,
To scratch your head and bite your
The art of poetry is to touch the
passions, and its duty to lead
them on the side of virtue. —Cowper.
Poetry has been to me its own exceeding
great reward; it has given
me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that
meets and surrounds me. —S.T. Coleridge.
When the Divine Artist would produce a
poem, He plants a germ of it
in a human soul, and out of that soul the poem springs and grows as
from the rose-tree the rose. —James A. Garfield.
He who, in an enlightened and literary
society, aspires to be a
great poet, must first become a little child. —Macaulay.
Poetry is the music of the soul, and,
above all, of great and
feeling souls. —Voltaire.
The death of a
beautiful woman, is unquestionably
the most poetical topic in the world. —Edgar Allan Poe
There is as much difference between good
poetry and fine verses, as
between the smell of a flower-garden and of a perfumer's shop. —Hare.
The world is full of poetry. The air is
living with its spirit; and
the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its
You will find poetry nowhere unless you
bring some with you. —Joubert.
Poetry is the robe, the royal apparel,
in which truth asserts its
divine origin. —Beecher.
The poet may say or sing, not as things
were, but as they ought to
have been; but the historian must pen them, not as they ought to have
been, but as they really were. —Cervantes.