The poet’s challenge is to find something in the culture that isn’t already defined as poetic and make it poetic. –Robert Pinsky

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

Tell all the Truth, but tell it slant. –Emily Dickinson

The clear expression of mixed feelings. –W.H. Auden

Poetry is ultimately mythology, the telling of the soul’s passage through the valley of this life, its adventure in time, in history. –Stanley Kunitz

I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried in my heart. –Anne Frank

All that is personal soon rots; it must be packed in ice and salt. –Yeats

There are only three things, after all, that a poem must reach: the eye, the ear, and what we may call the heart or the mind. It is the most important of all to reach the heart of the reader. –Robert Frost