|FYI "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning"|
is my all-time favorite love poem.
It's the end of National Poetry Month, and I think it's worth reading what some of the great poets have said in order to help get inspired for our own writing. Because, really, Baudelaire nailed it. All writing should aspire to be poetry. Tight. Aware of the way consonants and vowels roll off the tongue. A composed rhythm of sentences. A picture of life that makes us see the eternal truths in life. So here we go... :)
Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.
Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.
Always be a poet, even in prose.