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Daydreaming on Poetry

Do you love poetry?

I do. I love to read well-crafted lines of verse. I chuckle at limericks. I ponder terse haiku and senryu poems. I sigh over beautiful ballads. I simply adore sonnets.

Poetry offers even the most prolific news writers or serious financial columnists an opportunity to drop their deadline pressures and stop to daydream a bit.

Occasionally, a writer may even find poetry to prove somewhat profitable financially, although that often doesn’t come to pass until after the poet’s mortal demise. Is it possible to earn a livelihood, while living, in writing poetry?

Consider these quotes on poetry:

“A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
- Oscar Wilde

“A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- Wallace Stevens

“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.”
- Plato

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”
-  Leonard Cohen

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
- Plutarch

“Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Here’s one of my all-time favorite quotations on poetry:

“Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire

Maybe that’s why I keep an entire blog, simply devoted to poetry.

Do you dare to dabble in poetry?

Are you overdue for a little poetic daydreaming? Aren’t we all?

By Eugen von Blaas
19th Century
Public Domain Artwork
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