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Today, we return to our poetry quotes blog where we take some favourite poetry quotes of mine; break them down; analyse them and apply the quotes to our lives as poets and readers alike.

This week we examine quotes from: Khalil Gibran.

“Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.”

and William Wordsworth

“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity.”

In other words, poetry is the natural; unforced result of all those diverse and powerful emotions that we experience every day that stir your heart and mind. They can be joyful & happy; painful and sad; heartbreaking and heartwarming; confusing & decisive; traumatic & peaceful. There’s so many

Throw in some of that natural wonder and curiosity at the world around us. Then add a healthy dose of the dictionary and some word puzzles if you’re so inclined (to help you find the right words for those emotions you can’t quite describe) into the mix.

Finally, a little quiet time or tranquillity as Mr. Wordsworth describes it, to help you make sense of it all and write it down. And you have the origins; the beginnings of a poem, you’re own little emotional word-play if you will.



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