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10 Great Quotations about Poetry for National Poetry Day

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If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. – Emily Dickinson

The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot. – Salvador Dali

A poem begins with a lump in the throat. – Robert Frost

It is a part of the poet’s work to show each man what he sees but does not know he sees. – Edith Sitwell

To find beauty in ugliness is the province of the poet. – Thomas Hardy

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There is no money in poetry, but then there is no poetry in money, either. – Robert Graves

A good poet is someone who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms to be struck by lightning 5 or 6 times. –

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The Center for Poetry opened in the fall of 2007 to encourage the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry and to create an awareness of the place and power of poetry in our everyday lives. We think about this in a number of ways, including through readings, shows, community outreach, and workshops. We are at work building a poetry community at MSU and in the greater Lansing area. Contact: cpoetry@msu.edu (517) 884-1932 http://www.poetry.rcah.msu.edu

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