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To take an analogy: if we say that a democratic government is the best kind of government, we mean that it most completely fulfills the…
We recognise in the finished art, which is the result of these conditions, the best words in the best order – poetry; and to put…
There can be no proof that Blake’s lyric is composed of the best words in the best order; only a conviction, accepted by our knowledge…
The poet’s perfect expression is the token of a perfect experience; what he says in the best possible way he has felt in the best…
The musician – if he be a good one – finds his own perception prompted by the poet’s perception, and he translates the expression of…
It is commonly asserted and accepted that Paradise Lost is among the two or three greatest English poems; it may justly be taken as the…
Any long work in which poetry is persistent, be it epic or drama or narrative, is really a succession of separate poetic experiences governed into…
To know anything of a poet but his poetry is, so far as the poetry is concerned, to know something that may be entertaining, even…
Poetry being the sign of that which all men desire, even though the desire be unconscious, intensity of life or completeness of experience, the universality…
The written word is everything.
Poetry is the communication through words of certain experiences that can be communicated in no other way.
It should here be added that poetry habitually takes the form of verse.
Poe’s saying that a long poem is a sequence of short ones is perfectly just.
If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance can heighten its value as poetry.
But in the finished art of the song the use of words has no connection with the use of words in poetry.
A lyric, it is true, is the expression of personal emotion, but then so is all poetry, and to suppose that there are several kinds…
For while the subjects of poetry are few and recurrent, the moods of man are infinitely various and unstable. It is the same in all…
So it is in poetry. All we ask is that the mood recorded shall impress us as having been of the kind that exhausts the…
When the poet makes his perfect selection of a word, he is endowing the word with life.
Great men are rare, poets are rarer, but the great man who is a poet, transfiguring his greatness, is the rarest of all events.
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