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Poetry makes nothing happen. It survives in the valley of its saying.

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

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.

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

Any healthy man can go without food for two days -- but not without poetry.

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) French poet.

Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place.

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) French poet.

Poetry should only occupy the idle.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

I by no means rank poetry high in the scale of intelligence --this may look like affectation but it is my real opinion. It is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) U.S. writer of detective fiction.

Poetry is indispensable --if I only knew what for.

Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) French author and filmmaker.

Such is the role of poetry. It unveils, in the strict sense of the word. It lays bare, under a light which shakes off torpor, the surprising things which surround us and which our senses record mechanically.

Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) French author and filmmaker.

That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) British poet, critic, and philosopher.

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