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Quotes on Poetry

Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself.
- William Hazlitt
Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
- Denis Diderot
Poetry, whose material is language, is perhaps the most human and least worldly of the arts, the one in which the end product remains closest to the thought that inspired it.
- Hannah Arendt
Poetry makes nothing happen. It survives in the valley of its saying.
- Maxine Kumin
Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.
- Dennis Gabor
Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.
- Audre Lorde
Poetry is important. No less than science, it seeks a hold upon reality, and the closeness of its approach is the test of its success.
- Babette Deutsch
A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
- Salman Rushdie
Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
- G.K. Chesterton
Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley