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I believe William Wordsworth got it right... which I can't quote from memory, but it goes something like this: 'The essence of poetry is that flash of insight that comes to mind at a moment of reflection in tranquility.'
- from his 'Lyrical Ballads'
Mike H Mottler
poetry is the outpouring of powerful emotions recollected in tranquility. well! not exactly..but i'l get to you once check up my literature text.