I'll publish, right or wrong: Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.
1809 English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, l.5-6.
A man must serve his time to every trade Save censure critics all are ready made. Take hackneyed jokes from Miller, got by rote, With just enough of learning to misquote.lord byron
There is mercy in every place, And mercy, encouraging thought! Gives even affliction a grace And reconciles man to his lot.william cowper
No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher. For poetry is the blossom and the fragrance of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, languageSamuel Taylor Coleridge
Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
I could define poetry this way: it is that which is lost out of both prose and verse in translation.robert frost
Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.christopher fry
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
no verses which are written by water-drinkers can please, or be long-livedhorace
As for me, Poetry takes the place of love, because it is enamored of itself, and because this self-lust has a delightful dying fall in my soul.stéphane mallarmé
A needless Alexandrine ends the song, That, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along.Alexander Pope
What woful stuff this madrigal would be, In some starv'd hackney sonneteer or me! But let a lord once own the happy lines, How the wit brightens! how the style refines.Alexander Pope
…poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.Percy Bysshe Shelley
There is in Poesy a decent pride, Which well becomes her when she speaks to Prose, Her younger sister.Edward Young
It does not need that a poem should be long. Every word was once a poem.ralph waldo emerson
There are nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays, And every single one of them is right.rudyard kipling
It ["The Ancient Mariner"] is marvellous in its mastery over that delightfully fortuitous inconsequence that is the adamantine logic of dreamland.james russell lowell
I was promised on a time, To have reason for my rhyme; From that time unto this season, I received nor rhyme nor reason.Edmund Spenser