Poetry For Dummies by The Poetry Center, John Timpane

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Sometimes it seems like there are as many definitions of poetry asthere are poems. Coleridge defined poetry as “the best wordsin the best order.” St. Augustine called it “theDevil’s wine.” For Shelley, poetry was “therecord of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and bestminds.” But no matter how you define it, poetry has exerciseda hold upon the hearts and minds of people for more than fivemillennia. That’s because for the attentive reader, poetryhas the power to send chills shooting down the spine and lightningbolts flashing in the brain — to throw open thedoors of perception and hone our sensibilities to a scalpel’sedge.

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Poetry For DummiesbyThe Poetry Center,John TimpaneSometimes it seems like there are as many definitions of poetry asthere are poems. Coleridge defined poetry as "the best wordsin the best order." St. Augustine called it "theDevil's wine." For Shelley, poetry was "therecord of the best and happie

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