We dont read and write poetry because

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute.  We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race.  And the human race is filled with passion.  And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life.  But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.  Dead Poet’s Society

Poetry is the journal of sea animal

Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.  Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable.  Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.  ~Carl Sandburg, Poetry Considered

The poem is a little myth of

The poem… is a little myth of man’s capacity of making life meaningful.  And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see – it is, rather, a light by which we may see – and what we see is life.  ~Robert Penn Warren, Saturday Review, 22 March 1958LCD

A poet is a man who manages

A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.  ~Randall JarrellRJ (1914-1965); A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning. ~James Dickey (1923-1997)

The poet is in the end probably

The poet is in the end probably more afraid of the dogmatist who wants to extract the message from the poem and throw the poem away than he is of the sentimentalist who says, "Oh, just let me enjoy the poem."  ~Robert Penn Warren, "The Themes of Robert Frost," Hopwood Lecture, 1947