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[Poetry Packet]


Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry. 

~W.B. Yeats

["Birches"]    ["A Baby Died"]    ["A Narrow Fellow"]     ["Stopping By Woods..."]     ["Peck of Gold"]    


Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.  ~Novalis


["When I Was One and Twenty"]     ["Incident"]    ["Because I Could Not Stop for Death"]


The poet doesn't invent.  He listens.  ~Jean Cocteau


["The Passionate Shepherd..." and "The Nymph's Reply"]      ["To the Virgins"]     ["Crete"]   

The only problem
with Haiku is that you just
get started and then
~Roger McGough

["Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"]     ["My Papa's Waltz"]     ["My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun"]


To have great poets there must be great audiences too.  ~Walt Whitman

["The Tyger"]     ["Lying In A Hammock..."]     ["The Young Housewife”]     ["Traveling Through The Dark"]


Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.  ~Robert Frost


["What Is the Grass"]     ["Oh Captain My Captain"]     ["A Blessing"]


Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.  ~William Hazlitt
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 Rhythm and Meter]


A true poet does not bother to be poetical.  Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.  ~Jean Cocteau


[Writing the Villanelle]     [Writing the Sestina]      [Sestina Maker]


Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.  ~Kahlil Gibran