Five Great Quotations about Poetry

“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” – Rita Dove

“A poet ought not to pick nature’s pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“A prose writer gets tired of writing prose, and wants to be a poet. So he begins every line with a capital letter, and keeps on writing prose.” – Samuel McChord Crothers

“All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.” – Oscar Wilde

“Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.” – William Hazlitt