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John Drinkwater

The written word is everything.

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It should here be added that poetry habitually takes the form of verse.

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Poe's saying that a long poem is a sequence of short ones is perfectly just.

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If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance can heighten its value as poetry.

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When the poet makes his perfect selection of a word, he is endowing the word with life.

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But in the finished art of the song the use of words has no connection with the use of words in poetry.

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Poetry is the communication through words of certain experiences that can be communicated in no other way.

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Great men are rare, poets are rarer, but the great man who is a poet, transfiguring his greatness, is the rarest of all events.

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For while the subjects of poetry are few and recurrent, the moods of man are infinitely various and unstable. It is the same in all arts.

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There can be no proof that Blake's lyric is composed of the best words in the best order; only a conviction, accepted by our knowledge and judgment, that it is so.

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