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National Poetry Day: 50 most poignant lines

"Poetry begins with a lump in the throat" - so said the late, great Robert Frost. Whilst Frost was referring to the poet's writing process, the same can certainly be said of the ability poetry has to strike a chord - just a few beautifully composed lines can have more power and pull than whole reams of prose.

To celebrate National Poetry Day (Wednesday 3 October) enjoy some of the very best and most moving lines of poetry ever written - the ones that, once read, stay with you for days, months and even years to follow.

Click an image to launch the gallery. Did your favourite line of poetry make our list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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