Poetical Visions

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SALVATORE QUASIMODO ~ WHAT IS POETRY…

‘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

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PLATO ~ ON BEING A POET

‘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.

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SOMERSET MAUGHAM ~ ON POETRY

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

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

“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

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JOHN KEATS ~ DREAMERS

“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

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PABLO NERUDA ~ ON HIS POETRY

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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MURIEL RUKEYSER ~ ON POETRY

Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry. ~Muriel Rukeyser

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SYLVIA PLATH ~ ON POETRY

“The blood jet is poetry and there is no stopping it.” Sylvia Plath

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ANNE SEXTON ~ POET OF THE SOUL

“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” Anne Sexton

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MAGRITTE ~ ON POETRY

“Written poetry is invisible. Painted poetry has a visible appearance.” Rene Magritte

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