Poetry 564 " …and systematically converting into poetry what we see and feel and are!" Randall Jarrell. “Bad Poets.” 1953. Gross, ed. Essays.
Poetry 270 "If there were no girls like them in the world, there would be no poetry." Cather, My Ántonia
Poetry 64 "I enjoyed learning the poems, but I didn’t understand of what use they might possibly be; 'They’ll keep you company on the day you have no books to read,' ” my teacher said." Manguel, A History of
Poetry 269 "Asking why, of the work of all the twentieth-century poets, Rilke’s difficult poetry acquired such popularity in the West, the critic Paul De Man suggested that it might be because 'many have read him as if he addressed the most secluded parts of their selves….' " Manguel, A History of
Poetry vs. rationality 479 "…safeguarding our poetic institutions against the encroachments of mechanized, insensate, inhumane, abstract rationality. " Robert Graves. “The Case for Xanthippe [Plato’s shrewish wife].” 1960. Gross, ed. Essays. Poetry appeals to our feelings.