What is Poetry?

I would define … the Poetry of words as The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty.  Edgar Allan Poe

Poetry is a language in which man explores his own amazement.  Christopher Fry

I think that we’re beginning to remember that the first poets didn’t come out of a classroom, that poetry began when somebody walked off of a savanna or out of a cave and looked up at the sky with wonder and said, “Ahhh.” That was the first poem.  Lucille Clifton

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.  Rita Dove

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.  Percy Bysshe Shelley,

Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe-nails twinkle, makes you want to do this or that or nothing, makes you know that you are alone in the unknown word, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own. Dylan Thomas

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words. Paul Engle

Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Carl Sandburg

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility. William Wordsworth

If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. Emily Dickinson

For what is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding: it is the deepest part of autobiography. Robert Penn Warren

Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.  Yevgeny Yevtushenko

There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it.  Gustave Flaubert

The true poem rests between the words.  Vanna Bonta

A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.  Salman Rushdie

Poetry is writing and speaking which we cannot fully define, but we know poetry when we hear it. It is words that dance.

Poetry expresses the heart, the knowledge, charm, humor, and love of the writer. Poetry heals and laughs.

Poetry is the free expression which leads the thought and understanding of a whole nation. It preserves the values of the inner man.

Poetry is verbal art which, expressed through disciplined form, encourages creativity and thought in the reader.

Poetry reflects the loneliness of the soul and the need for identity, the need to have others share with the suffering, and love and perceptions of the writer.