„I really find listening to and reading the work of lyricists and songwriters as essential to my work as reading poetry itself. It is all poetry.“

—  Robbie Coburn, in 2014, Overland literary journal
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Australian writer 1994

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„Truly fine poetry must be read aloud.“

—  Jorge Luis Borges Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature 1899 - 1986
Context: Truly fine poetry must be read aloud. A good poem does not allow itself to be read in a low voice or silently. If we can read it silently, it is not a valid poem: a poem demands pronunciation. Poetry always remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. It remembers that it was first song. "The Divine Comedy" (1977)

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„A teacher (of poetry) has to know and feel what poetry is, and be able - and this is crucial- to read it aloud effectively.“

—  John Hollander American poet 1929 - 2013
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