The Great Poets

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The Great Poets

” No man was ever yet a great poet,
without being at the same time a profound philosopher.
For poetry is the blossom and the fragrance of all human knowledge,
human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language. “

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Great Poets reach us from across the millennia where their verse still evokes powerful and significant responses in the readers of the 21st century. John Keats said of poetry.

“Poetry should be great and unobtrusive,
a thing which enters into one’s soul,
and does not startle it or amaze it with itself,
but with its subject. “

Our favourite poets are able to do just this,invoke a higher sense of awareness within ourselves. Their poetic utterances seem beyond the reach of ordinary men and yet we can feel that these classic poems become part of ourselves.

“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; ”

- John Keats

“To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.”

- William Blake

The selections here consist of favourites that have been anthologized extensively and are familiar to many people, and also includes less well known works that deserve appreciation.

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” To have great poets, there must be great audiences”

- Walt Whitman

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