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Poetry is the ultimate genre of literature. It is often described as the hardest to write, but by most amateurs it is also the hardest to understand. Poetry has perhaps played one of the largest roles on our society without even knowing it. The great works of ancient authors is well known, but their impact on theater, entertainment, and philosophy is generally understated. Frankly, it is the most powerful and most influential of all genres of literature.

These poetry quotes are all about the importance of it and what it means to us.


Poetry is that art which selects and arranges the symbols of thought in such a manner as to excite the imagination the most powerfully and delightfully.
William Cullen Bryant
Poetry being... when we look from the center outward.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poetry is to be found nowhere unless we carry it within us.
Joseph Joubert
If poetry comes not as naturally as the Leaves to a tree, it had better not come at all.
John Keats
Publishing a volume of poetry today is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
Don Marquis
Our poems will have failed if our readers are not brought by them beyond the poems.
Muriel Rukeyser
A true poem is distinguished not so much by a felicitous expression, or any thought it suggests, as by the atmosphere which surrounds it.
Henry David Thoreau
A poem is never finished, only abandone.
Paul Valery
Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.
John Wain
All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
>William Wordsworth
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