Here are a few more quotations from The Christian Imagination, edited by Leland Ryken (Shaw Books, a division of WaterBrook Press).
What is poetry?
The rhythmic creation of beauty. Edgar Allan Poe
The art of doing by means of words what the painter does by means of colors. Thomas Macaulay
The expression of the imagination. Percy Bysshe Shelley
Speech framed to be heard for its own sake and interest even over and above its interest of meaning. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The art that offers depth in a moment. Molly Peacock
Perfection of form united with a significance of feeling. T. S. Eliot
A way of using words to say things which could not possibly be said in any other way, things which in a sense do not exist till they are born…in poetry. C. Day Lewis
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