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What Poetry Does


“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” — T. S. Eliot

“Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.” — Carl Sandburg

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.” — Novalis

“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.” — Allen Ginsberg

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” — Albert Einstein

“Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” — Plutarch

“Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.” — Jorge Luis Borges

“Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings.” — Umberto Eco

“The sources of poetry are in the spirit seeking completeness.” — Muriel Rukeyser

“Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” — Alice Walker


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