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B. 1886 D. 1962
A tune that one has once heard and liked [that] seems to haunt the mind and will not be dismissed until entirely mastered.
How perilous is it to choose / not to love the life we're shown? -- 'The Badgers,' Seamus Heaney
I write because my ink must flow like blood. The written must be spoken. Patience Agbabi
B. 1792 D. 1822
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'Ode to a Skylark'
B. 1772 D. 1874
A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket: let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
B. 1844 D. 1889
A great work by an Englishman is like a great battle won by England. It is an unfading bay tree. Gerard Manley Hopkins
B. 1895 D. 1985
Logical argument is what destroys poetry because poetry is beyond logic. - Robert Graves
With a lyric poem, you look, and meditate, and put the rock back. With fiction you poke things with a stick to see what will happen. - Margaret Atwood