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Passions in Poetry

Digital Passions
Poetry Magazine

Digital Passions #1
published January 29, 1999


Anchor Point (our opening poem)
to WIT (Welcome, Introduction and Thanks)
New Features
Active PageWhat Is Poetry?
Mid Point (our second poem)
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Poets Only (Writing Good Descriptions)
Closing Point (our final poem)
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New Features Mid Point (second poem)

What is Poetry?

William Wordsworth defines poetry as "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings; it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity . . ."

A.E. Housman tested a poem by repeating it to himself while shaving. If his razor stopped moving, he knew it was poetry.

Dylan Thomas writes, "If you want a definition of poetry, say, 'Poetry is what makes we laugh or cry or yawn, what makes my toenails twinkle, what makes me want to do this or that or nothing,' and let it go at that."

Emily Dickinson say, "If I read a book, and it makes my whole body so cold no fire ever can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry."

So -- what does poetry mean to you?


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