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Just a few wonderful quotes about poetry to share with you today, from some of my favourite poets, novelists and thinkers.

‘A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.’ – Robert Frost

‘Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.’ – T. S. Eliot

‘The poet doesn’t invent. He listens.’ – Jean Cocteau

‘Poetry: the best words in the best order.’ – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

‘Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.’ – Percy Bysshe Shelley

‘Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.’ – Thomas Gray

‘Breathe in experience, breathe out poetry.’ – Muriel Rukeyser

‘Poetry is what gets lost in translation.’ – Robert Frost

‘All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.’ – Oscar Wilde

‘Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.’ – Carl Sandburg

‘Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.’ – T. S. Eliot

‘No poetry that I’m aware of, however bad or glorious, has ever left somebody a worse person than they were before they read it.’ – Felix Dennis

Hope some of these resonated with you. If so, write one out and stick it on the wall by your desk as inspiration and to remind you of what wonderful poetry is all about!

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