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In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Czech writer.

Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you --like music to the musician or Marxism to the Communist --or else it is nothing, an empty formalized bore around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations.

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It is as impossible to translate poetry as it is to translate music.

Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.


Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity --it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.

John Keats (1795-1821) British poet.

Painting was called silent poetry and poetry speaking painting.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Poetry must be as new as foam and as old as the rock.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.

Written poetry is worth reading once, and then should be destroyed. Let the dead poets make way for others. Then we might even come to see that it is our veneration for what has already been created, however beautiful and valid it may be, that petrifies us.

Antonin Artaud (1896-1948) French playwright, and poet.