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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Edgar Allan Poe. (1809–1849) (continued)
      The object, Truth, or the satisfaction of the intellect, and the object, Passion, or the excitement of the heart, are, although attainable, to a certain extent, in poetry, far more readily attainable in prose.
          The Philosophy of Composition.
      I would define, in brief, the Poetry of words as the Rhythmical Creation of Beauty. Its sole arbiter is Taste.
          The poetic Principle.
    Can it be fancied that Deity ever vindictively
Made in his image a mannikin merely to madden it? 1 
          The Rationale of Verse.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning. (1806–1861)
    There Shakespeare, on whose forehead climb
The crowns o’ the world; oh, eyes sublime
With tears and laughter for all time!
          A Vision of Poets.
    And Chaucer, with his infantine
Familiar clasp of things divine.
          A Vision of Poets.
    And Marlowe, Webster, Fletcher, Ben,
Whose fire-hearts sowed our furrows when
The world was worthy of such men.
          A Vision of Poets.
    Knowledge by suffering entereth,
And life is perfected by death.
          A Vision of Poets. Conclusion.
    Oh, the little birds sang east, and the little birds sang west.
          Toll slowly.
    And I smiled to think God’s greatness flowed around our incompleteness,
  Round our restlessness His rest.
          Rhyme of the Duchess.
Note 1.
FitzGerald: Omar Khayyám.
What! out of senseless Nothing to provoke
A conscious Something to resent the yoke. [back]