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Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Immutable and deliberate nature of poetry

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In poetry, in which every line, every phrase, may pass the ordeal of deliberation and deliberate choice, it is possible, and barely possible, to attain that ultimatum which I have ventured to propose as the infallible test of a blameless style; namely: its untranslatableness in words of the same language without injury to the meaning.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge   (1772-1834)

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Horace – Mediocrity in poets

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Horace Mediocrity is not allowed to poets, either by the gods or men.

Horace   (65 BC-8 BC)

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Aristotle – The difference between a historian and a poet

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AristotleThe difference between a historian and a poet is not that one writes in prose and the other in verse — indeed the writings of Herodotus could be put into verse and yet would still be a kind of history, whether written in metre or not. The real difference is this, that one tells what happened and the other what might happen. For this reason poetry is something more scientific and serous than history, because poetry tends to give general truths while history gives particular facts.

Aristotle   (384 BC-322 BC)
The Poetics

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Aristotle – Poetry expresses the universal

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AristotlePoetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

Aristotle   (384 BC-322 BC)

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