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Three Poets and a President . . .

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. . . are all chiming in today on The Big Read blog in honor of National Poetry Month!

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotion know what it means to want to escape from these.---Emily Dickinson

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.---John F. Kennedy

Poetry is not a civilizer, rather the reverse, for great poetry appeals to the most primitive instincts. ---Robinson Jeffers

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. ---Edgar Allan Poe

 

What are you favorite quotes on poetry? Leave a comment or drop a line to bigreadblog@arts.gov to let us know.

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