Truth shines the brighter, clad in verse. ~Alexander Pope
Poetry… simple, sensuous and passionate. ~John Milton, “Of Education. To Mr. Samuel Hartlib,” c.1650
A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman. ~Wallace Stevens, Opus Posthumous, 1957
Poets’ Pens, pluckt from Archangels’ wings. ~John Davies of Hereford (c.1565–1618)
Spirit of Verse! in deepest reverence
I bow before thine ever-glorious shrine;
Thee I have loved with passion most intense;
And though I feel thy meeds can ne’er be mine,
Yet may I pour one low and gentle line…
~Charles Swain, “Poesy,” in The Literary Magnet, June 1826
How happy it made her! And what beautiful things these poets always thought of and said! ~S.J. Adair Fitz-Gerald (1859–1925), The Zankiwank & The Bletherwitch, 1896
Within my heart there glows
A gay white light—
Lovely as some bright rose.
Through struggle storm and sorrow
This light is mine
Illumining all tomorrow.
Life would be naught to me
Without my light,
The flame of poetry.
~George Elliston, “Poetry,” Changing Moods, 1922