„By definition, if prose is a river, poetry is a fountain.“

'Poetry Ireland Review' Summer 1999

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„Our poetry in the eighteenth century was prose; our prose in the seventeenth, poetry.“

—  David Hare British writer 1947

Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan, ([1827-48] 1867) p. 143.
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„Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.“

—  John Wain British writer 1925 - 1994

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„Poetry must be as well written as prose.“

—  Ezra Pound American Imagist poet and critic 1885 - 1972

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„Prose is private drama; poetry is corporate drama.“

—  Marshall McLuhan Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communicatio… 1911 - 1980

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„Good prose is written only face to face with poetry.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

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„You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.“

—  Mario Cuomo American politician, Governor of New York 1932 - 2015

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„Prose — it might be speculated — is discourse; poetry ellipsis.“

—  Joyce Carol Oates American author 1938

"'Soul at the White Heat': The Romance of Emily Dickinson’s Poetry," (Woman) Writer: Occasions and Opportunities (1988)<!-- E.P. Dutton -->
Contexto: Prose — it might be speculated — is discourse; poetry ellipsis. Prose is spoken aloud; poetry overheard. The one is presumably articulate and social, a shared language, the voice of "communication"; the other is private, allusive, teasing, sly, idiosyncratic as the spider’s delicate web, a kind of witchcraft unfathomable to ordinary minds.

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„Poetry — No definition of poetry is adequate unless it be poetry itself.“

—  Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862

January 26, 1840
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Contexto: Poetry — No definition of poetry is adequate unless it be poetry itself. The most accurate analysis by the rarest wisdom is yet insufficient, and the poet will instantly prove it false by setting aside its requisitions. It is indeed all that we do not know. The poet does not need to see how meadows are something else than earth, grass, and water, but how they are thus much. He does not need discover that potato blows are as beautiful as violets, as the farmer thinks, but only how good potato blows are. The poem is drawn out from under the feet of the poet, his whole weight has rested on this ground. It has a logic more severe than the logician's. You might as well think to go in pursuit of the rainbow, and embrace it on the next hill, as to embrace the whole of poetry even in thought.

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„There is something in Poetry beyond Prose-reason; there are Mysteries in it not to be explained, but admired; which render mere Prose-men Infidels to their Divinity.“

—  Edward Young English poet 1683 - 1765

London 1759, p. 28 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=h1IJAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA28&dq=mysteries
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„Prose: words in their best order; poetry: the best words in the best order.“

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge English poet, literary critic and philosopher 1772 - 1834

12 July 1827.
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Variante: Poetry: the best words in the best order.
Contexto: I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; poetry = the best words in their best order.

„Sandburg is unreadable today only because of the way he wrote. His prose was bad poetry, like his poetry.“

—  Clive James Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist 1939 - 2019

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„Poetry is prose bewitched, a music made of visual thoughts, the sound of an idea.“

—  Mina Loy Futurist poet and actress 1882 - 1966

Fonte: The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy

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