To aim at a bird Perched,
To aim at another flying,
I something different.
Poetry is like aiming at a bird flying.
You also must fly.
Science is for those who learn,
poetry is for those who know
Poetry is nearer to truth than history
I've written some poetry I don't understand myself.
The poet, as everyone knows, must strike his individual note sometime between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five. He may hold it a long time, or a short time, but it is then that he must strike it or never. School and college have been conducted with the almost express purpose of keeping him busy with something else till the danger of his ever creating anything is past.
Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content. ~Alfred de Musset, Le Poète déchu, 1839