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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... he thinks that the pleasure is again, and why should he be supercilious and lose this and the poem too? Few persons ever reflect, as I should imagine, that from the evil of other men something of evil is communicated to themselves.
And the same may be said of lust and anger and all the other affections, of desire and pain and pleasure, which are held to be inseparable from every action—in all of them poetry feeds and waters the passions instead of drying them up; ...
most imitative of living creatures, and through imitation learns his earliest lessons; and no less universal is the pleasure felt in things imitated. We have evidence of this in the facts of experience. Objects which in themselves we ...
The most beautiful colors, laid on confusedly, will not give as much pleasure as the chalk outline of a portrait. Thus Tragedy is the imitation of an action, and of the agents mainly with a view to the action.
In others, none are well known—as in Agathon's Antheus, where incidents and names alike are fictitious, and yet they give none the less pleasure. We must not, therefore, at all costs keep to the received legends, which are the usual ...
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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