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Poetry is the achievement of the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) American poet.

With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845) American poet, critic, and short-story writer.

A beautiful line of verse has twelve feet, and two wings.

Jules Renard (1864-1910) French writer.

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) Austro-German poet.

Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.

John Keats (1795-1821) British poet.


The eye is the notebook of the poet.

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) American poet, critic and editor.

Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.

James Joyce (1882-1941) Irish author.

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) British novelist, short story writer, and poet.

The essence of poetry is will and passion.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.