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Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.

Poets wish to profit or to please.

Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet.

The man is either mad, or he is making verses.

Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet.

No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water.

Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet.

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers.

Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet.

Every old poem is sacred.

Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet.

A good poet's made as well as born.

Ben Johnson (1572-1637) English dramatist, poet and actor.

Rhymes, meters, stanza forms, etc., are like servants. If the master is fair enough to win their affection and firm enough to command their respect, the result is an orderly happy household. If he is too tyrannical, they give notice; if he lacks authority, they become slovenly, impertinent, drunk and dishonest.

W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.

I cannot accept the doctrine that in poetry there is a ''suspension of belief.'' A poet must never make a statement simply because it is sounds poetically exciting; he must also believe it to be true.

W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.

As a poet there is only one political duty, and that is to defend one's language against corruption. When it is corrupted, people lose faith in what they hear and this leads to violence.

W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.

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