Poetry has done enough when it charms, but prose must also convince.
– H. L. Mencken
A glance at the history of European poetry is enough to inform us that rhyme itself is not indispensable. Latin poetry in the classical age had no use for it, and the kind of Latin poetry that does rhyme – as for instance the medieval ‘Carmina Burana’ – tends to be somewhat crude stuff in comparison with the classical verse that doesn’t.
– James Fenton
Poetry, as odd as it is, and as hard to figure out as it is, many times, it’s almost something that we’re used to. It’s kind of like a dream language that we had centuries ago, so that when we speak poetically or write a poem about what’s going on, a real difficult issue that’s facing our communities, people listen.
– Juan Felipe Herrera