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He koude songes make and well endite.

Geoffrey Chaucer Quotes , Source: The Canterbury Tales (prologue, l. 95)

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Who all in raptures their own works rehearse, And drawl out measur'd prose, which they call verse.

Charles Churchill Quotes , Source: Independence (l. 95)

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I have never yet known a poet who did not think himself super-excellent. [Lat., Adhue neminem cognovi poetam, qui sibi non optimus videretur.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Tusculanarum Disputationum (V, 22)

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Poets by Death are conquer'd but the wit Of poets triumphs over it.

Abraham Cowley Quotes , Source: On the Praise of Poetry (ode I, l. 13)

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And spare the poet for his subject's sake.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Charity (last line)

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Ages elapsed ere Homer's lamp appeared, And ages ere the Mantuan Swan was heard; To carry nature lengths unknown before, To give a Milton birth, asked ages more.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Table Talk

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There is a pleasure in poetic pains, Which only poets know.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Task (bk. II, l. 285)

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They best can judge a poet's worth, Who oft themselves have known The pangs of a poetic birth By labours of their own.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: To Dr. Darwin (st. 2)

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Greece, sound, thy Homer's, Rome thy Virgil's name, But England's Milton equals both in fame.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: To John Milton

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Sure there are poets which did never dream Upon Parnassus, nor did taste the stream Of Helicon; we therefore may suppose Those made not poets, but the poets those.

Sir John Denham Quotes , Source: Cooper's Hill

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