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A speech is poetry: cadence, rhythm, imagery, sweep! A speech reminds us that words, like children, have the power to make dance the dullest beanbag of a heart.
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Peggy Noonan Quotes

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Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age.
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes

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If you haven't had at least a slight poetic crack in the heart, you have been cheated by nature.
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Phyllis Battelle Quotes

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Freaks are the much needed escape from the humdrum. They are poetry.
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Albert Perry Quotes

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Poets are like magicians, searching for magical phrases to pull rabbits out of people's souls.
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Glade Byron Addams Quotes

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Music is the poetry of the air.
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Jean Paul Richter Quotes

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Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.
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John Wain Quotes

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The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
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Jean Giraudoux Quotes

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I don't create poetry, I create myself, for me my poems are a way to me.
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Edith Södergran Quotes

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Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
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Jean Cocteau Quotes

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Poetry is not a civilizer, rather the reverse, for great poetry appeals to the most primitive instincts.
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Robinson Jeffers Quotes

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Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

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I am a man, and alive... For this reason I am a novelist. And being a novelist, I consider myself superior to the saint, the scientist, the philosopher, and the poet, who are all great masters of different bits of man alive, but never get the whole hog.
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D.H. Lawrence Quotes

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The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
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William Shakespeare Quotes

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Being perfect artists and ingenuous poets, the Chinese have piously preserved the love and holy cult of flowers; one of the very rare and most ancient traditions which has survived their decadence. And since flowers had to be distinguished from each other, they have attributed graceful analogies to them, dreamy images, pure and passionate names which perpetuate and harmonize in our minds the sensations of gentle charm and violent intoxication with which they inspire us. So it is that certain peonies, their favorite flower, are saluted by the Chinese, according to their form or color, by these delicious names, each an entire poem and an entire novel: The Young Girl Who Offers Her Breasts, or: The Water That Sleeps Beneath the Moon, or: The Sunlight in the Forest, or: The First Desire of the Reclining Virgin, or: My Gown Is No Longer All White Because in Tearing It the Son of Heaven Left a Little Rosy Stain; or, even better, this one: I Possessed My Lover in the Garden.
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Octave Mirbeau Quotes

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My urges to write poetry are lesbian, but whatever compels me to prose is straight.
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Agavé Powers Quotes

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Humor is, I think, the subtlest and chanciest of literary forms. It is surely not accidental that there are a thousand novelists, essayists, poets or journalists for each humorist. It is a long, long time between James Thurbers.
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Let us abolish policemen who carry clubs and revolvers, and put in a squad of poets armed to the teeth with poems on Spring and Love ... I would start in at once to elevate, purify, and depopulate the red-light district. I would assign the most soulful poets to that district, all heavily armed with their poems ... The plan would be very effective in causing an emigration of the depraved element.
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Star Trek fans usually know the metaphors of life better than most mainstream poets.
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Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there.
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Emile M. Cioran Quotes

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