"Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary."
"Poetry begins in delight and ends in wisdom."
"Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world."
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
"Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history."
"A poet's object is not to tell what actually happened but what could or would happen either probably or inevitably ....For this reason poetry is something more scientific and serious than history, because poetry tends to give general truths
while history gives particular facts."
"The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes."
-William Sumerset Maugham
"As naturally as the oak bears an acorn and the vine a gourd, man bears a poem, either spoken or done."
-Henry David Thoreau
"Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition."
"A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote."
"A poem is a construction of inner space. Language is to inner space as light is to material space."