Keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you.
A poet who makes use of a worse word instead of a better, because the former fits the rhyme or the measure, though it weakens the sense, is like a jeweller, who cuts a diamond into a brilliant, and diminishes the weight to make it shine more.
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women mearly players.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
What the poet says has never been said before, but, once he has said it, his readers recognize its validity for themselves.
He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.
Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.
Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.
If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date . . .
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.
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