Just what is it about certain famous quotes from great poetry that leads
people to celebrate them?
We all know that some eminently quotable quotes somehow gain
the status of joining the accepted body of familiar quotations
but, as well as being capable of moving the human soul,
have such profoundly intriguing quotes a basis in an "inborn
nature" that all human beings may be held to substantially have in common?
Some famous and familiar quotations that may even qualify as being " Central Poetry Insights " are set out here:-
A Disdain for Materialism
Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.
A Distrust of Intellect
The intellectual power, through words and things,
Went sounding on, a dim and perilous way!
A Yearning for Divine Edification
God guard me from those thoughts men think
In the mind alone;
He that sings a lasting song
Thinks in a marrow-bone;
That best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love.
Purity of Heart
A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.
The best of men
That e'er wore earth about him, was a sufferer,
A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit,
The first true gentleman that ever breathed.
Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice,
And could of men distinguish her election,
Sh'hath sealed thee for herself, for thou hast been
As one in suff'ring all that suffers nothing,
A man that Fortune's buffets and rewards
Hast ta'en with equal thanks; and blest are those
Whose blood and judgement are so well co-medled,
That they are not a pipe for Fortune's finger
To sound what stop she please: give me that man
That is not passion's slave, and I will wear him
In my heart's core, ay in my heart of heart,
As I do thee.
William Wordsworth, John Keats and others have left us much
food for thought in some of the things they assert about the
insights of Poets:-
I think continually of those who were truly great.
Who from the womb, remembered the soul's history
Through corridors of light.
Sir Stephen Spender
Whose sudden visitations daze the world,
Vanish like lightning, but they leave behind
A voice that in the distance far away
Wakens the slumbering ages.
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;
Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear'd
Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone.
Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart.
Wisdom married to immortal verse.
Choice word and measured phrase above the reach
Of ordinary men.
Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge.
Poets utter great and wise things which they do not
Poetry is more philosophical and of higher value than history; for poetry tends to express the universal, history the particular.
The true philosopher and the true poet are one,
and a beauty, which is truth, and a truth, which
is beauty, is the aim of both.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
One demands two things of a poem. Firstly, it must be a well-made
verbal object that does honor to the language in which it is written.
Secondly, it must say something significant about a reality common
to us all, but perceived from a unique perspective. What the poet
says has never been said before, but, once he has said it, his
readers recognize its validity for themselves.
W. H. Auden
We have assembled an hopefully definitive collection of the
insights of the Mystics and Poets. Due to our respect for the
profundity of these insights we collectively refer to their
authors as - The Sage.
The name of our Web site "Age-of-the-Sage" indicates that we
consider that the guidance provided by the wisdoms of the Mystics
and Poets should be taken very seriously indeed.
We hope to persuade you that thanks to the QUITE
AWESOME insights of - The Sage - innate human nature can
actually be explored, and mapped, in efforts to better comprehend
Human Spirituality and Being!!!
We have identified a range of KEY quotations that "Somehow Encapsulate"
Enlightenments, Wisdoms and Spiritual Insights about these "deep things", and also about
another highly significant area of agreement between world
faiths that is to do with the relationship between "Spirituality
and the wider world".