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“Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.”
“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.”
“In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.”
“Poetry should only occupy the idle.”
“Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air”
“If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?”
Joyce Carol Oates
“Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking”
“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.”
“Poetry is what gets lost in translation.”
“Dancing is the poetry of the foot.”
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