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Project Gutenberg's The World's Best Poetry -- Volume 10, by Bliss Carman This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: The World's Best Poetry -- Volume 10 Author: Various Edited by Bliss Carman Release Date: July 17, 2004 [EBook #12925] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE WORLD'S BEST POETRY--VOLUME 10 *** Produced by Charles Aldarondo, Leonard Johnson, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team. THE WORLD'S BEST POETRY [Illustration] I Home: Friendship II Love III Sorrow and Consolation IV The Higher Life V Nature VI Fancy: Sentiment VII Descriptive: Narrative VIII National Spirit IX Tragedy: Humor X Poetical Quotations THE WORLD'S BEST POETRY IN TEN VOLUMES, ILLUSTRATED Editor-in-Chief BLISS CARMAN Associate Editors John Vance Cheney Charles G.D. Roberts Charles F. Richardson Francis H. Stoddard Managing Editor John R. Howard 1904 The World's Best Poetry Vol. X POETICAL QUOTATIONS AFTER ALL, WHAT IS POETRY By JOHN R. HOWARD * * * * * AFTER ALL, WHAT IS POETRY? BY JOHN RAYMOND HOWARD. Considering the immense volume of poetical writing produced, and lost or accumulated, by all nations through the ages, it is of curious interest that no generally accepted definition of the word "Poetry" has ever been made. Of course, all versifiers aim at "poetry"; yet, what is poetry? Many definitions have been attempted. Some of these would exclude work by poets whom the world agrees to call great; others would shut out elements that are undeniably poetic; still others, while not excluding, do not positively include much that must be recognized as within the poetical realm. In brief, all are more or less partial. Perhaps a few examples may make this clearer, and show, too, the difficulty of the problem. "Poetry," says Shelley, "is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds." But how can this include that genuine poetic genius, Byron, who gloried in being neither good nor happy? Lord Jeffrey, one of the keenest of critics, says that the term may
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