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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Poetry, good sir, in my opinion, is like a tender virgin, very young and extremely beautiful, whom divers other virgins—namely, all other sciences—make it their business to enrich, polish, and adore.
            —Miguel de Cervantes
  There is as much difference between good poetry and fine verses, as between the smell of a flower garden, and a perfumer’s shop.
            —Julius Charles Hare
  Wisdom and poetry are like fruit for children, unwholesome if too fresh.
            —Walter Savage Landor
  Poetry is to philosophy what the Sabbath is to the rest of the week.
            —William Butler Yeats

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