"Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power."
"The language beneath the language: This is poetry."
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."
"Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand."
"Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry."
"To have great poets there must be great audiences too."
"Of our conflicts with others we make rhetoric; of our conflicts with ourselves we make poetry."
William Butler Yeats
"No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher. For poetry is the blossom and the fragrancy of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do."
"We can only approach the gods through poetry."