Quotations About / On: POETRY

  • 21.
    Language is fossil poetry.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "The Poet," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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  • 22.
    Poetry contains philosophy as the soul contains reason.
    (Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).)
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  • 23.
    Poetry is what is lost in translation.
    (Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. Quoted in Robert Frost: a Backward Look, ch. 1, Louis Untermeyer (1964). Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote, in Biographia Literaria (1817), ch. 22: "In poetry, in which every line, every phrase, may pass the ordeal of deliberation and deliberate choice, it is possible, and barely possible, to attain that ultimatum which I have ventured to propose as the infallible test of a blameless style; namely: its untranslatableness in words of the same language without injury to the meaning.")
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  • 24.
    Poetry is the mysticism of mankind.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 350, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 25.
    As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.
    (Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859), British historian, Whig politician. Edinburgh Review (Aug. 1825). Milton, Critical and Historical Essays (1843). Macaulay went on to explain: "In proportion as men know more and think more, they look less at individuals and more at classes. They therefore make better theories and worse poems.")
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  • 26.
    "Poetry's unnat'ral; no man ever talked poetry 'cept a beadle on boxin' day, or Warren's blackin' or Rowland's oil, or some o' them low fellows; never you let yourself down to talk poetry, my boy."
    (Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Tony Weller in The Pickwick Papers, ch. 33, p. 452 (1837). The elder Weller, commenting on his son's composition of a valentine.)
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  • 27.
    Prose and poetry are as different as food and drink.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Dedication in an Album, Poems (1853).)
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  • 28.
    I am one of those who hold that poetry is never so blithe as in a wanton and irregular subject.
    (Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Twenty-Nine Sonnets of Etienne de La Bo├ętie," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 29, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).)
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  • 29.
    At certain times, men regard poetry merely as a bright flame, but to women it was, and always will be, a warm fire.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. "Album Leaf", Poems (1830).)
  • 30.
    What raises great poetry above all else—it is the entire person and also the entire world.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Also: commemorative sheet for Friedrich von Reden and Wilhelm von Wartenegg. Album entry, Poems (1862).)
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