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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[Iliad, 20] And again: O heavens! verily in the house of Hades there is soul and ghostly form but no mind at all! [Iliad, 23] Again of Tiresias:— [To him even after death did Persephone grant mind,] that he ...
Again:— And the soul, with shrilling cry, passed like smoke beneath the earth. [Iliad, 23] And,— As bats in hollow of mystic cavern, whenever any of them has dropped out of the string and falls from the rock, fly shrilling and cling to ...
For we mean to employ for our souls' health the rougher and severer poet or story-teller, who will imitate the style of the ... ought not to be received; as I see far more clearly now that the parts of the soul have been distinguished.
And this, surely, must be the work of the calculating and rational principle in the soul. To be sure. And when this principle measures and certifies that some things are equal, or that some are greater or less than others, there occurs ...
And the better part of the soul is likely to be that which trusts to measure and calculation? Certainly. And that which is opposed to them is one of the inferior principles of the soul? No doubt. This was the conclusion at which I was ...
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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