If I read a book [and] it makes my whole body so cold no fire ever can 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. These are the only way I know it. Is there any other way?
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
Percy Byshe Shelley
Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.
A poem begins with a lump in the throat, a home-sickness or a love-sickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where the emotion has found its thought and the thought has found the words.
Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.