I'll publish, right or wrong: Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.
1809 English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, l.5-6.
There was a sound of revelry by night, And Belgium's capital had gathered then Her beauty and her chivalry, and bright Childe Harold's Pilgrimage Foul as their soil, and frigid as their snows. The lamps that shone o'er fair women and brave men; A thousand hearts beat happily; and when Music arose with its voluptuous swell, Soft eyes looked love to eyes which spake again, And all went merry as a marriage bell; But hush! hark! a deep sound strikes like a rising knell!lord byron
Written poetry is worth reading once, and then should be destroyed. Let the dead poets make way for others. Then we might even come to see that it is our veneration for what has already been created, however beautiful and valid it may be, that petrifies us.antonin artaud
Poetry is itself a thing of God; He made his prophets poets; and the more We feel of poesie do we become Like God in love and power, under-makers.philip james bailey
Our poetry now is the realization that we possess nothing. Anything therefore is a delight (since we do not posses it) and thus need not fear its loss.john cage
Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.Denis Diderot
Doeg, though without knowing how or why, Made still a blundering kind of melody; Spurr'd boldly on, and dash'd through thick and thin, Through sense and nonsense, never out nor in; Free from all meaning whether good or bad, And in one word, heroically mad.john dryden
Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.Gustave Flaubert
If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money.robert graves
A perfect poem is impossible. Once it had been written, the world would end.robert graves
The essence of poetry is invention; such invention as, by producing something unexpected, surprises and delights.samuel johnson
Still may syllables jar with time, Still may reason war with rhyme, Resting never!Ben Jonson
Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignore most people.Adrian Mitchell
A poem works or fails to work; no amount of argufying can convert an experienced reader.
And, as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name.william shakespeare
My life has been the poem I would have writ, But I could not both live and utter it.Henry David Thoreau
Good poetry seems so simple and natural a thing that when we meet it we wonder that all men are not always poets. Poetry is nothing but healthy speech.Henry David Thoreau
Feel you the barren flattery of a rhyme? Can poets soothe you, when you pine for bread, By winding myrtle round your ruin'd shed?George Crabbe
A verse may finde him who a sermon flies, And turn delight into a sacrifice.George Herbert
For dear to gods and men is sacred song. Self-taught I sing; by Heaven and Heaven alone, The genuine seeds of poesy are sown.homer
The merit of poetry, in its wildest forms, still consists in its truth truth conveyed to the understanding, not directly by the words, but circuitously by means of imaginative associations, which serve as its conductors.
We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age.
And so no force, however great, Can strain a cord, however fine, Into a horizontal line That shall be absolutely straight.william whewell