Poetical Visions

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THOMAS HARDY ~ ON POETRY

Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art. Thomas Hardy, 1840-1928 British novelist and poet, note written in 1899 Painting Thomas Hardy by William Strang, 1893

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CHARLES BAUDELAIRE ~ ON LIFE AND POETS

“The beautiful is always bizarre.” ― Charles Baudelaire “An artist is a kaleidoscope endowed with consciousness…an ego athirst for the non-ego, and reflecting it at every moment in energies more vivid than life itself, always inconstant and fleeting. The poet is like those wandering souls who go looking for a body, he enters as he likes into each man’s personality. For him alone everything is vacant…The man who loves to lose himself in a crowd enjoys feverish delights that the egoist locked up in himself as in a box, and...

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OCTAVIO PAZ ~ THE LOVE IN LOVE

At times poetry is the vertigo of bodies and the vertigo of speech and the vertigo of death; the walk with eyes closed along the edge of the cliff, and the verbena in submarine gardens; the laughter that sets on fire the rules and the holy commandments; the descent of parachuting words onto the sands of the page; the despair that boards a paper boat and crosses, for forty nights and forty days, the night-sorrow sea and the day-sorrow desert; the idolatry of the self and the desecration of...

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OSCAR WILDE ~ ON POETS

A poet can survive everything but a misprint. ~Oscar Wilde

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HANNAH ARENDT ~ ON POETRY

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

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TERESA WILMS MONTT ~ “TO DIE, AFTER FEELING EVERYTHING AND BEING NOTHING…”

TERESA WILMS MONTT  POET FROM CHILE (Viña del Mar, 1893 – París 1921): She was born in a wealthy family, daughter of Federico Guillermo Wilms Montt and Brieba, and his wife Luz Victoria Montt and Montt. Given the social context of that time, her primary instruction was given to her by governesses and particular teachers. When Teresa turned 17, she got married with Gustavo Balmaceda Valdés. In the following years (1911 y 1913) she gave birth to her daughters, Elisa and Silvia Luz. Almost right after the wedding, the...

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VLADIMIR NABOKOV ~ ON POETRY

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

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ROBERT MUSIL ~ THE MEANING OF POETRY

“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

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EMILY DICKINSON ~ ON POETRY

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)

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MALLARME ~ THE CREATION OF SILENCE

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

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