“It is the immediate influence of the Holy Spirit that causes words such as these (lines from the poet Hafiz) to stream from the tongue of poets, the significance of which they themselves are oftentimes unable to apprehend.” (The Bab, quoted in Nabil’s The Dawnbreakers, p. 258.)
“What is poetry, after all? It is the language that we turn to when there is no language than can express our thoughts and feelings. Poetry is, in fact, the attempt to move beyond language to communicate states of mind and states of spirit that cannot be communicated in words, but which nonetheless must be expressed.” (Amin Banani, Tahirih, a Portrait in Poetry)
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“Every word of thy poetry is indeed like unto a mirror in which the evidences of the devotion and love thou cherishest for God and His chosen ones are reflected. Well is it with thee who hast quaffed the choice wine of utterance and partaken of the soft flowing stream of true knowledge. Happy is he who hath drunk his fill and attained unto Him and woe betide the heedless. Its perusal hath truly proved highly impressive, for it was indicative of both the light of reunion and the fire of separation.” (From the Lawh-i-Maqsud, published in “Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed after the Kitab-i-Aqdas, pp. 175-76)