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Traditionally poetry is written in lines. But the prose poem is the kind of poem that isnt written in lines. It is lyrical prose that uses the tricks of poetry, such as dense imagery. This is a big topic of debate in poetry land. Theres no perfect definition.
— Campbell McGrath —

[Marianne Moore's definition of genuine poetry]
Imaginary gardens with real toads in them.

— Marianne Moore

It's bad poetry executed by people that can't sing. That's my definition of Rap.

— Peter Steele

A definition of poetry can only determine what poetry should be and not what poetry actually was and is; otherwise the most concise formula would be: Poetry is that which at some time and some place was thus named.

— Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

If you want a definition of poetry, say: Poetry is what makes me laugh or cry or yawn, what makes my toenails twinkle, what makes me want to do this or that or nothing and let it go at that.

— Dylan Thomas

Neither can we admit that definition of genius that some would propose
"a power to accomplish all that we undertake;" for we might multiply examples to prove that this definition of genius contains more than the thing defined. Cicero failed in poetry, Pope in painting, Addison in oratory; yet it would be harsh to deny genius to these men.

— Charles Caleb Colton

My definition of poetry (if I were forced to give one) would be this: words that have become deeds.

— Robert Frost

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