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How Do the World's Best Poets Define Poetry?

Andrew has a keen interest in all aspects of poetry and writes extensively on the subject. His poems are published online and in print.

How do poets—both new and old—define their craft?

How do poets—both new and old—define their craft?

Define poetry? That's impossible. But perhaps it's worth a try. Poetry is so many different things to so many different people that it is difficult to assign a dictionary-type definition to the art form.

If you read or write poetry, at one point or another, you've probably asked yourself the following questions: What does this poem mean? Has it a purpose? What is poetry? Where does it come from? These are all valid questions to pose. I've often been puzzled by the process of writing poetry, especially the initial phase of wanting to write a poem about something that has moved me or caught my attention in an unexpected way.

Other forms of writing seem not to be so mysterious. I can understand why people keep diaries or journals. Short stories, novels and other fictions express ideas and follow a plot or theme or narrative, but poetry is something else altogether. It seems to be underpinned by feeling and emotion; it comes from inspiration and takes form as rhythmical language. It's a world apart from prose.

Over the centuries, poets have pondered these same questions and come up with answers as bizarre, beautiful and unique as their poems. Take Lawrence Ferlenghetti for example: "Poetry is a naked woman, a naked man, and the distance between them." I wouldn't put it quite like that myself, but I think I can see where he's coming from. Ferlenghetti has other ideas about poetry, which you can read about a little later on in this article.

Below, I've compiled a wide variety of definitions sourced from both established poets and those who write and read for pleasure. Contributions from fellow poets I've met online are included as well. I hope you find the ideas here to be diverse and thought-provoking, and I hope they inspire you to continue to explore the meaning of poetry in your own life.

Definitions Involving Words

  • "Poetry; the best words in the best order." —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • ". . . of the many definitions of poetry, the simplest is still the best: memorable speech." —W.H. Auden
  • "Poetry is the art of using words charged with their utmost meaning." —Dana Goia
  • "Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn." —Thomas Gray
  • "Poetry is movement; words shifting around within the writer's soul, coming together in harmonious messages, which move into the reader's soul." —Janshares

Definitions Incorporating Simile or Metaphor

  • "Poetry is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry." —Mary Oliver
  • "The blood jet is poetry/There is no stopping it." —Sylvia Plath
  • "Whereas story is processed in the mind in a straightforward manner, poetry bypasses rational thought and goes straight to the limbic system and lights it up like a brush fire. It's the crack cocaine of the literary world." —Jasper Fforde
  • "Poetry = Anger x Imagination" —Sherman Alexie
  • "I don't look on poetry as closed works. I feel they're going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length." —John Ashbery
  • "It's like water or bread, or something absolutely essential to me. I find myself absolutely fulfilled when I have written a poem." —Sylvia Plath
  • "It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things." —Stephen Mallarme
  • "Poetry is a gentle river flowing through a rocky and mountainous landscape of prose." —Jodah
  • "Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance." —Carl Sandburg
  • "Poetry is the liquid voice that can wear through stone." —Adrienne Rich
  • "Poetry is a quiver on the skin of eternity." —Lawrence Ferlenghetti
  • "Poetry is the fox under our shirts that gnaws away at our hearts. Outside we stand firm, inside, we are altered forever." —Charles Wright
  • "Poetry is a zoo in which you keep demons and angels." —Les Murray
  • "Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread." —Pablo Neruda
  • "Poetry is like making a joke. if you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you've lost the whole thing." —W.S. Merwin

Definitions Involving Humanity

  • "Poetry must find its primary impetus in local conditions." —William Carlos Williams
  • "Poetry is, to put it mildly, a useful thing if, when reading it, we sense a better way of being in the world." —David Constantine
  • "Poetry can tell us what human beings are. It can tell us why we stumble and fall and how, miraculously, we can stand up." —Maya Angelou
  • "Poetry is a brilliant vibrating interface between the human and the non-human." —Edwin Morgan
  • "Every new poem is like finding a new bride. Words are so erotic, they never tire of their coupling." —Stanley Kunitz
  • "Poetry is a way of talking about things that frighten you." —Mick Imlah
  • "This is one sense of poetry. A little concoction of words against death. It's almost the instinct against death crystallized." —Miroslav Holub
  • "There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it." —Gustave Flaubert
  • "I think my poems immediately come out of the sensuous and emotional experiences I have." —Sylvia Plath
  • "We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry." —W.B.Yeats
  • "The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it." —Dylan Thomas
  • "The point of poetry is to be acutely discomforting, to prod and provoke, to poke us in the eye, to punch us in the nose, to knock us off our feet, to take our breath away." —Paul Muldoon

What Is the Point of Poetry?

Poetry—what's the point? What use has a poem? A poem isn't a tool you can pick up and use like a hammer or a laptop. It's not something you can swallow like a medication. But for me, poetry does have a use as part of a healing process. It can help us deal with the nasty, negative things life throws at us.

Poetry has a unique way of entering our hearts and minds. We may only be reading or listening to a poem using our eyes and ears, but the effect those words can have goes way beyond anything we can measure or articulate.

Poetry can bring delight, pleasure and puzzlement all at the same time. It doesn't come knocking at your door for a routine visit—it bursts in through a window you thought was closed. It flies in like a long-lost bird singing a song you've never heard before. It quietly makes a space for itself in a silent room you thought was empty.

Poets might shape poetry, but ultimately, it shapes them and everyone else who comes into contact with it. This is the point of poetry.

Definitions Involving Travel

  • "What we want from poetry is to be moved, to be moved from where we now stand." —James Tate
  • "A poem should take you somewhere different....a poet should be the one least likely to step into the same river twice." —Seamus Heaney
  • "Good poets are the explorers of the world. Out on the frontiers, they send back bulletins." —Eamon Grennan

Definitions Involving the Beauty and Power of Language

  • "Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things, and hence its importance." —Matthew Arnold
  • "Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power." —Paul Engle
  • "Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful." —Rita Dove
  • "Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted." —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • "Poetry is eternal graffitti written in the heart of everyone." —Lawrence Ferlenghetti
  • "Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself." —William Hazlitt
  • "There is the buried language and there is the individual vocabulary, and the process of poetry is one of excavation and self-discovery." —Derek Walcott
  • "Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action." —Audre Lorde

Is Poetry Useless?

Many people consider poetry to be useless. Even some poets have said so. W.H. Auden thought poetry didn't make anything happen, and to me, that is just plain wrong. Poetry has a use—of course it has—but it shouldn't be measured in the same way we measure the usefulness of ordinary things like clocks and chairs and how-to manuals.

Poetry is art, and all art is useful because it evokes emotion. It makes us feel good, brings us to tears, gives us a good laugh or shocks and enlightens us.

Once the poem is down on paper for all to see, then comes the judgment—good, bad or indifferent. Geoffrey Chaucer, the father of English poetry, in his typically humorous fashion, had something to say about the merits of verse: "By God," quod he, "for pleynly, at a word, thy drasty rymyng is not worth a toord."

Definitions Involving Truth

  • "Poetry is truth seen with passion." —W.B.Yeats
  • "A poem is an approach towards a truth." —Kathleen Jamie
  • "Poems don't have to tell the truth, but they have to be true to themselves." —Simon Armitage

Definitions Involving the Spirit or Soul

  • "Poetry speaks to something in us that so wants to be filled. It speaks to the great hunger of the soul." —Lucille Clifton
  • "Poetry connects us to what is deepest in ourselves." —Edward Hirsch
  • "Poetry is indeed something divine." —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • "Poetry has to do with the non rational parts of man. For a poet, a human being is a mystery. This is a religious feeling." —Czeslaw Milosz
  • "To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary." —Edgar Allan Poe
  • "The poet is the priest of the invisible." —Wallace Stevens
  • "The magic virtue of a poem consists in being always daemon ridden so that it baptises with dark water those who look at it. The daemon? Where is the daemon?" —Federico Garcia Lorca
  • "Poetry says more about the psychic life of an age than any other art." —Charles Simic
  • "The sources of poetry are in the spirit seeking completeness." —Muriel Rukeyser
  • "Poetry is the voice of spirit and imagination and all that is potential, as well as of the healing benevolence that used to be the privilege of the gods." —Ted Hughes
  • "Sometimes a poem can change people's lives, strengthen and focus people's beliefs." —Adrian Mitchell
  • "Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." —Novalis

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Definitions From My Peers in Poetry

  • "Poetry is the mind, body and soul coming together to say what the heart feels." —JThomp42
  • "Poetry . . . is the flow of innate feeling through some tuned syllables." —Venkatachari M
  • "If there is one thing I have learned about writing poems, it is that they are never done. Years pass, they sit unfinished. Like children, I always want t help them." —GNelson
  • "Poetry is a distillation of words and life." —Snakeslane
  • "Poetry is the oxygen of the soul." —Romeos Quill
  • "If you listen, the Universe sings with majesty to its own rhapsodies." —Manatita44

Toward a Modern Definition of Poetry

Poets and thinkers have tried to define poetry for thousands of years. Aristotle thought poetry more important than history. Plato thought poets were either inspired or mad and wanted poetry banned because he thought it was a bad influence

English poetry has evolved through time, moving on from the Anglo-Saxon epics to themes of love, romance, religion and war. Form and language have changed, and with them, ideas about what poetry is and what it is for have changed.

Great wordsmiths like Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare took language into new and exciting territory. Percy Bysshe Shelley's In Defence of Poetry (1821) and John Stuart Mill's What Is Poetry? (1833) were important attempts to bring value to poetry. The first truly modern universal poet emerged from the U.S.A. Once Walt Whitman entered the game, old-fashioned, structured verse would never be the same again.

As the 20th century progressed, free-verse poetry took off, coinciding with the beginnings of abstract art and psychological investigation. The inner life became more and more complex as science and technology tightened their grip on society.

Different poetic schools developed, each with their own take on language—Imagist, Concrete, Visual, Black Mountain, Beat, Feminist, Sound . . . right on up to today's Rap and Slam, in which poetry blurs into music. Alternative and Innovative are now on the doorstep. And what of this digital age? Where does poetry stand? Is it easier to define?

Many kinds of poetry can be found on the internet, from traditional rhyming verse to long, rambling streams of consciousness. People who have never published poetry before can join in and see their efforts in print. This marks a giant leap forward, many would say. We may not be nearer a universal definition of poetry, but one thing cannot be disputed—poetry is far more democratic than it used to be.

Definitions Involving Feelings

  • "Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings; it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility." —William Wordsworth
  • "If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry." —Emily Dickinson
  • "The poet's job is to put into words those feelings we all have that are so deep, so important and yet so difficult to name, to tell the truth in such a beautiful way, that people cannot live without it." —Jane Kenyon
  • ". . . the essence of poetry is still an interplay of thought and feeling expressed through the sound and rhythm of language." —Neil Astley
  • "Poetry is feeling confessing itself to itself." —John Stuart Mill
  • "Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen." —Leonardo da Vinci
  • "Poetry takes as its purview what is deeply felt and is essentially unsayable; that is the paradox on which the poem necessarily turns." —Meena Alexander
  • ". . . it is through poetry that we give name to those ideas which are - until the poem—nameless and formless, about to be birthed, but already felt." —Audre Lord

Definitions Involving Wonder and Mystery

  • "Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing." —Lucille Clifton
  • "Poetry is what makes the invisible appear." —Nathalie Sarrante
  • "Poetry is what happens when nothing else can." —Charles Bukowski
  • "Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood." —T.S. Eliot
  • "A poem should not mean/But be." —Archibald McLeish
  • "What can be explained is not poetry." —W.B. Yeats
  • "If I knew where poems came from, I'd go there." —Michael Longley
  • "There is a mystery and a surprise and after that a great deal of hard work." —Elizabeth Bishop
  • "Poetry cannot be defined, only experienced." —Christopher Logue
  • "Poetry is the imponderable." —Charles Simic
  • "Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads." —Marianne Moore
  • "The form of things unknown, the poet's pen/Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing/A local habitation and a name. —William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
  • "There is poetry when we realize that we possess nothing." —John Cage

Poetry and Meaning

Poetry is such a vast continent that it will never be fully explored. There are landscapes to suit everyone who dares to venture there, and I can vouch that it's easy to get lost if you haven't got a good map. But the rewards are indescribable . . . well, almost.

As for meaning, I think that is different for every person who reads or writes poetry. You may be able to find the definition of the word poetry in a dictionary, but there are no books that can instantly tell you what poetry means. That said, What Is Poetry by Lawrence Ferlinghetti is well-worth reading.

I prefer to think of poetry as something born out of wonder and dormant emotion. These two combine within the heart to trigger the mind to come up with language. Then it's up to the recipient—the poet—to consciously form the words. To put it simply, the whole process is magical.

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Comments

Laurie S Novak from Michigan on September 27, 2020:

Oh my goodness! I love this! I want to save it, but am tired right now and can't seem to figure out how. I will have to come back to it when I am more alert. Thank you for such an enchanting read and researched so well, too!

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on November 21, 2017:

A pleasure to have you on board. Perhaps the poetry is already there, waiting, hiding, disappearing then suddenly at your most vulnerable it creeps out, finds you and won't let you go until it disappears again?

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on November 21, 2017:

Andrew, Thank you for including my definition of poetry in this amazing article. I've only just seen it now.

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on February 08, 2016:

Appreciate your visit and comment, thank you.

manatita44 from london on February 08, 2016:

What a superb Hub! I love this so much! You show deep awareness of the sheer unspokenness of poetry, and its myriad volumes of expressions, as it journeys through life, touching the mind, emotions, heart and soul of sentient and insentient forms of life.

Poetry is plugged; unplugged and transcending ...poetry is the conscious and unconscious outpouring of the Soul to the Universe ...poetry is the light of the rainbow riding over the waves of Zion.

Thank you for the mention. God bless your aesthetic beauty. Peace!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 14, 2015:

Thanks Chef. I hope to post it up sometime next week and get it organized here.

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on March 14, 2015:

Thank you Kristen, much appreciated. Poetry is so many things to so many people. I look forward to seeing your poems.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 14, 2015:

Nice work with this hub, my friend. This was well-organized and beautifully well-written. Thanks for sharing. I'm a former poet and will be sharing my old poetry to HP this spring from time to time. Voted up! What poetry means to me is a way to express how you feel on paper or on computer screen, just like writing songs and putting them to motion.

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on September 23, 2014:

Gwenneth - thank you for the visit and interesting definition of poetry. I'm amazed at all the wonderful comments.

Gwenneth Leane on September 23, 2014:

Poetry is the pure thought of the subconscious mind. There is no wordiness of the logic mind. Only the sharp terseness and vivid expression of the inner person

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on September 22, 2014:

Catherine - thank you for the visit and comment. If life is about discovering new feelings and things in the world then poetry is one of the best tools with which to explore.

Dianna Mendez on September 22, 2014:

Poetry is beauty and brings much pleasure and wisdom to our world. You have mentioned many poets who have brought a sense of balance to our world through their works. It is an emotional experience, as you stated above.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on September 22, 2014:

Excellent. Voted up and shared. Poetry is to stir the emotions, to make us understand something in a new way, or to delight us with word-play. Poetry is communication reduced to its essence.

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on September 20, 2014:

suzettenaples - thank you for the supportive comment, much appreciated.Yes, I enjoyed compiling this hub and learning from the other poets.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on September 19, 2014:

An eye-opening hub about poetry and its meaning. Well-researched and well-written.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on September 19, 2014:

Wow! Yes, this is a brilliant hub about poetry. It is the best I have ever seen written about poetry and the best I have ever read. Your definition is so true and I enjoyed reading the definitions of poetry of all the poets you listed here as well as the ones from HP. You truly understand what poetry is and isn't. Thank you for explaining your definition of poetry and including all the others. Voted up + and shared all around!

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on September 18, 2014:

Jodah - thank you for the comment and votes, really appreciate them. I know John Lennon's song very well having grown up alongside the Fab4. Such vision is rare. I was devastated when I heard of his death, Dec 8th 1980, never forget that date.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 18, 2014:

What a wonderful hub promoting our art chef. Thank you also for the mention among all these incredible quotes, many of which are as poetic as the poems themselves. I particularly like this one by Paul Muldoon - "The point of poetry is to be acutely discomforting, to prod and provoke, to poke us in the eye, to punch us in the nose, to knock us of our feet, to take our breath away."

When I was researching the Beatle's song "Across the Universe" for a challenge to write a poem based on it, I came across this quote by John Lennon referring to the song. I think it relates here as well "It's one of the best lyrics I've written. In fact, it could be the best. It's good poetry, or whatever you call it, without chewin' it. See, the ones I like are the ones that stand as words, without melody. They don't have to have any melody, like a poem, you can read them." John Lennon.

Anyway, loved this hub. Voted up.

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on September 17, 2014:

Jamie - I appreciate your visit, thank you. Yes, this hub took longer than I anticipated - it's an ongoing labour of love!

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on September 17, 2014:

LadyFiddler - thank you for the visit and mention of Helen Steiner Rice - a truly inspired poet if ever there was one.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on September 17, 2014:

Your hub is full of incredible quotes from so many poets. This must have been an incredible quest in the research. I love your hub and will return for inspiration. Jamie

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on September 17, 2014:

I can see that you have put a lot of effort and work into this hub. Which is fantastic.... i mainly write poetry and i can only write them under inspiration, wherever i am or whatever i am doing i must stop and take note. If i hesitate the inspiration will go away. For instance i wilk be on the highway i would just look at the sun or mountain and a poem will start flowing in my head.

Helen Steiner Rice was one of the greatest poets ever a truly remarkable soul touching woman. I always loved reading and writing but had i not read Helen's poem my poetry skills would not have been awakened.

I will say that poetry is : Inspiration that paints word up and down in our minds , it flows like a river and leaves calm ripples on the soul ~ Ladyfiddler

Thanks so much for this hub i will be back to read it thoroughly.

Romeos Quill from Lincolnshire, England on September 17, 2014:

Still a top Hub Chef and a serious contender for HOTD; you're welcome.

Kind Regards;

R.Q.

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on September 17, 2014:

Romeos Quill - I appreciate your support and comment, thank you. You're quite right, there are many more poets, male and female, I could add. I may well do that in time.

Romeos Quill from Lincolnshire, England on September 17, 2014:

There are some great quotes you've compiled here; the female artists seem to express it very well indeed. Choosing which poets(esses) to sanction couldn't have been easy to include in one digestible Hub alone as I know that the greats like Donne, Lamb, Blake and Clare might have ventured a worthy contribution.

Thanks for an engaging and entertaining read.

Sharing and pinning.

All the Best;

R.Q.

Nick Deal from Earth on September 17, 2014:

Loved reading the quotes about poetry and its meaning. My favorite was by Thomas Gray.

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on September 17, 2014:

always exploring - thank you for the comment. Yes, poetry seems to have this deep connection to the feelings, both in creation and reception.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 17, 2014:

Poetry is my passion. especially narrative. When I read poetry and it's deep and meaningful, I am in a zone where my inner feelings come alive with emotion. Thank you. Interesting indeed...

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on September 17, 2014:

Colleen thank you for the comment. I think poetry does come from a different place, far away perhaps - where a second language exists.

Colleen Swan from County Durham on September 17, 2014:

A lovely hub about what is dear to my heart. Poetry is the wonderful alternative form of expression. It is like saying something in your second language.

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on September 17, 2014:

Bridget F - thank you for the support, much appreciated.

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on September 17, 2014:

FaithReaper - thank you for the visit and comment, most appreciated.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 16, 2014:

This is a beautiful hub with wonderful quotes about poetry! I'll be reading it again to absorb all the fascinating thoughts about a great art form. I'll share this hub.

Bridget F from USA on September 16, 2014:

I love how detailed this is, and inclusive of so many different poets! Great job!

Audrey Howitt from California on September 16, 2014:

Such a wonderful compilation of thought on the subject--and from some of my favorite poets--well done!!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 16, 2014:

Superb hub, chef!

Thank you for sharing your wonderful insight into poets and poetry. I wanted to answer your question, but you drafted the hub up so quickly, and it is a wonderful hub to enjoy. I loved all of the great poets' quotes you have included here, especially Sylvia Plath's ..."It's like water or bread, or something absolutely essential to me. I find my self absolutely fulfilled when I have written a poem." And then there is our very own, Romeos Quill's quote, "Poetry is the oxygen of the soul..." He is such a gifted poet just as many others here on HP!

Voted up and more tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing Well, I will have to return to pin as it is saying "Oops" for some reason :(

Thank God for poetry!

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on September 16, 2014:

janshares - your voice is part of the great poetic choir! Thank you for the vote up and good energy for your work.

annart - thank you for the comment. I like your reference to frames and painting over lines when the feeling takes us.

RachaelOhalloran - you've done well to pick a favourite out of all those! But Emily D is special isn't she?

lambservant - I appreciate your visit and comment, thank you. Good luck with the poems...eventually the rewards far outweigh the frustrations.

Lori Colbo from United States on September 16, 2014:

Wonderful with a capital W. I love poetry. I am not very great at it, but the challenge of expressing emotions I find either frustrating or rewarding.

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on September 16, 2014:

Oh my word - the amount of research you have put into this article is amazing! I was captivated by how each poet described poetry and their views. I wanted to pick a favorite and it was hard, but this is the one I chose because it comes close to my own feelings.

Emily Dickinson - If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.

Voted up, awesome, interesting, useful and SHARED!!

Ann Carr from SW England on September 16, 2014:

This is brilliant! You've done such a great job here of putting together varied quotes in relevant sections. I was fascinated.

I love your words, 'it bursts in through a window you thought was closed, it flies in like a long lost bird singing a song you've never heard before, it quietly makes a space for itself in a silent room you thought was empty.'

I love poetry. For me, it is an outlet of emotions within a disciplined frame. We have structured forms but we can paint over the lines when we want.

Well done!

Ann

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on September 16, 2014:

This is a brilliant hub about poetry, chef-de-jour. You did an excellent job on this, educational and informative. It makes me realize the infinity of poetry. I appreciate the shout out among all these famous quotes. Voted up, useful, beautiful, and sharing!