To give you a bit of extra inspiration for our new Poetry Competition, we thought we would try and define what great poetry is.
We have collected some famous attempts to describe what the best poetry is, but what we really want are your definitions. The best one will receive a copy of In My Sky At Twilight, a collection of poetry edited by our poetry judge Gaby Morgan.
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash
- Leonard Cohen
Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful
- Rita Dove
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood
-T. S. Eliot