Classic Writings on Poetry
The poet is the sayer, the namer, and represents beauty. He is a sovereign, and stands on the centre.—Ralph Waldo Emerson, from "The Poet"
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1 In the beginning, let us say, people used language for practical purposes exclusively. Then these literal ancestors of ours discovered that they could augment the practical with the aesthetic, and poetry was born—poetry defined ...
These questions and objections mark the point where the immediate, practical use of language gives way to some use beyond the immediate or the practical—such as education—and seems to exist at least in part for itself.
That account may not accurately register the entire truth about Japanese language and literature, but the general experience will be familiar. Beyond the levels of sound and rhetoric, between different poetics there may also be ...
do so in a work that is itself a piece of literature: maybe not overtly labeled fiction, but still a work that must use language, however feeble and fickle that instrument must be. A dialogue on the general problem of truth was ...
the voice; so in the arts above mentioned, taken as a whole, the imitation is produced by rhythm, language, or “harmony,” either singly or combined. Thus in the music of the flute and of the lyre, “harmony” and rhythm alone are employed ...
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Controversy has long surrounded the poem. Sliding like an amoeba from one philosophy, culture, and generation to the next, it has only one truly defining feature: that it cannot be defined. In this ... Read full review
3 Ars Poetica by Horace
4 Germania excerpt by Publius Cornelius Tacitus
5 On the Sublime excerpt by Longinus?
6 Skáldskaparmál by Snorri Sturluson
7 The Defence of Poesy by Sir Philip Sidney
8 Of Education excerpt by John Milton
18 English Bards and Scotch Reviewers excerpt by George Gordon Lord Byron
19 A Defence of Poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley
20 The Poet by William Cullen Bryant
21 Poems by John Keats
22 The Poet excerpt by Ralph Waldo Emerson
23 Aurora Leigh Fifth Book excerpt by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
24 Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
25 The Philosophy of Composition by Edgar Allan Poe
10 An Essay on Criticism by Alexander Pope
Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot by Alexander Pope
11 Lives of the Poets excerpts by Samuel Johnson
12 The Progress of Poesy by Thomas Gray
13 Observations Prefixed to Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth
14 Biographia Literaria Chapter XIV by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
15 The State of Modern Poetry excerpt by Francis Jeffrey
16 On Poetry in General excerpt by William Hazlitt
17 The Four Ages of Poetry excerpt by Thomas Love Peacock
26 Preface to Leaves of Grass first edition 1855 excerpt by Walt Whitman
27 The Study of Poetry by Matthew Arnold
28 Poems by Emily Dickinson
29 Proofs of Holy Writ by Rudyard Kipling
30 A Retrospect by Ezra Pound
31 The Possibility of a Poetic Drama by T S Eliot
32 Poetic Reality and Critical Unreality by Laura Riding Jackson