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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 we have personality and emotion know what it means to want to escape from these things.Eliot, T. S.
Verified from the preface of Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times, Neil Astley (ed.) - thanks Matthew! This is a T. S. Eliot quote from an essay titled "Tradition and the Individual Talent" · This quote is about poetry and poets · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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