10 Great Quotes About Poets, Poetry, and Writing By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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“Poetry: the best words in the best order.”

“Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are, the more necessary it is to be plain.”

“What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole. Its body brevity, and wit its soul.”

“Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.”

“A poet ought not to pick nature’s pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory.”

“When a man is unhappy he writes damned bad poetry…”

“Iambics march from short to long;–
With a leap and a bound the swift Anapaests throng.”

“No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher.”

“Poetry is the blossom and the fragrance of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language.”

“Sir, I admit your general rule, That every poet is a fool, But you yourself may serve to show it, That every fool is not a poet.”

—Samuel Taylor Coleridge