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20 Poets on the Meaning of Poetry

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Edith Sitwell

“Poetry is the deification of reality.”

Marianne Moore

“Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.”

Theodore Roethke

“You must believe: a poem is a holy thing — a good poem, that is.”

“The poem, even a short time after being written, seems no miracle; unwritten, it seems something beyond the capacity of the gods.”

James K. Baxter

“The poem is a plank laid over the lion’s den.”

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