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VLADIMIR NABOKOV ~ ON POETRY

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Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.

Vladimir Nabokov

ROBERT MUSIL ~ THE MEANING OF POETRY

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“Ultimately a poem, and the mystery of it, cuts the meaning of the world clear, where it is bound fast by thousands of ordinary words …”

Robert Musil

Austrian author (1880-1942) of the famous novel The Man without Qualities

EMILY DICKINSON ~ ON POETRY

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Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotion know what it means to want to escape from these”
Emily Dickinson (American Poet, 1830-1886)

MALLARME ~ THE CREATION OF SILENCE

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“It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things.”
~Stephen Mallarme

SALVATORE QUASIMODO ~ WHAT IS POETRY…

in Poetical Visions by
salvatore

‘Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.’

Salvatore Quasimodo

PLATO ~ ON BEING A POET

in The words that make sense... brilliant writings by writers.../Poetical Visions by
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‘Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”
Plato

The image is from a classical sculpture of Plato found on Crete.

SOMERSET MAUGHAM ~ ON POETRY

in Poetical Visions by
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The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.
~W. Somerset Maugham

W.H. AUDEN ~ HOW DOES A POET EARN HIS MONEY?

in Poetical Visions by
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“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

JOHN KEATS ~ DREAMERS

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“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.”
John Keats

PABLO NERUDA ~ ON HIS POETRY

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I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.
~Pablo Neruda, quoted in Wall Street Journal,, 14 November 1985

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