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Poetry Quotes

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Quote of the day October 22nd, 2014

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Mahatma Gandhi

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Poetry Quotes
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.

ROBERT FROST

A poem begins with a lump in the throat.

ROBERT FROST

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

PAUL VALERY

A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.

E. M. FORSTER

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

OSCAR WILDE

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.

W. H. AUDEN

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.

WALLACE STEVENS

A poet must leave traces of his passage, not proof.

RENE CHAR

A poetry articulating the dreads and horrors of our time is necessary in order to make readers understand what is happening, really understand it, not just know about it but feel it: and should be accompanied by a willingness on the part of those who write it to take additional action towards stopping the great miseries which they record.

DENISE LEVERTOV

A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.

YEVGENY YEVTUSHENKO

A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.

SALMAN RUSHDIE

A prose writer gets tired of writing prose, and wants to be a poet. So he begins every line with a capital letter, and keeps on writing prose.

SAMUEL MCCHORD CROTHERS

A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.

JEAN COCTEAU

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.

OSCAR WILDE

All the poet can do today is warn. That is why true Poets must be truthful.

WILFRED OWEN

Always be a poet, even in prose.

CHARLES BAUDELAIRE

Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.

CHARLES BAUDELAIRE

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.

JEAN COCTEAU

Conservatism makes no poetry, breathes no prayer, has no invention; it is all memory. Reform has no gratitude, no prudence, no husbandry. The Conservative

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem.

ROLLO MAY

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.

ALFRED DE MUSSET

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.

A. E. HOUSMAN

Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

T. S. ELIOT

God is the perfect poet.

ROBERT BROWNING

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.

GEORGE SAND

I don't think one can accurately measure the historical effectiveness of a poem; but one does know, of course, that books influence individuals; and individuals, although they are part of large economic and social processes, influence history. Every mass is after all made up of millions of individuals.

DENISE LEVERTOV

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

JOHN ADAMS

If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.

THOMAS HARDY

I've written some poetry I don't understand myself.

CARL SANDBURG

Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.

HORACE

One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.

VOLTAIRE

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.

PLUTARCH

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.

NOVALIS

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.

KAHLIL GIBRAN

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.

CARL SANDBURG

Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.

ROBERT FROST

Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.

ROBERT FROST

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.

WILLIAM HAZLITT

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

CARL SANDBURG

Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.

CHARLES SIMIC

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

ARISTOTLE

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.

LEONARD COHEN

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.

LEONARD COHEN

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.

RITA DOVE

Poetry is man's rebellion against being what he is.

JAMES BRANCH CABELL

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.

PLATO

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.

PLATO

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 who have personality and emotion know what it means to want to escape from these.

EMILY DICKINSON

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 who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.

T. S. ELIOT

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.

PAUL ENGLE

Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.

DENNIS GABOR

Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.

MARIANNE MOORE

Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.

SAMUEL JOHNSON

Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.

CARL SANDBURG

Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.

CARL SANDBURG

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.

CARL SANDBURG

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.

SALVATORE QUASIMODO

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

EDGAR ALLAN POE

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

CARL SANDBURG

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.

THOMAS GRAY

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

ROBERT FROST

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

ROBERT FROST

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

ROBERT FROST

Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.

JOHN KEATS

Poetry: the best words in the best order.

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE

Poetry: the best words in the best order.

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition.

ELI KHAMAROV

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

DON MARQUIS

The charming landscape which I saw this morning is indubitably made up of some 20 or 30 farms. Miller owns this field, Locke that, and Manning the woodland beyond. But none of them owns the landscape. There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

The moment of change is the only poem.

ADRIENNE RICH

The people fancy they hate poetry, and they are all poets and mystics.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON

The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see --i t is, rather, a light by which we may see -- and what we see is life.

ROBERT PENN WARREN

The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is, rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life.

ROBERT PENN WARREN

The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.

RICHARD ROSEN

The poet doesn't invent. He listens.

JEAN COCTEAU

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.

JEAN COCTEAU

The poet may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.

LIONEL TRILLING

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

GILBERT K. CHESTERTON

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.

JOHN CAGE

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.

JOHN CAGE

Therefore is a word the poet must not know.

ANDRE GIDE

There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.

ROBERT GRAVES

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.

ROBERT FROST

To have great poets, there must be great audiences.

WALT WHITMAN

To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.

JOHN RUSKIN

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.

CHARLES SIMIC

When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet. . . indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

VIRGINIA WOOLF

With my poems, I finally won even my mother. The longest wooing of my life. Braided Lives

MARGE PIERCY

You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.

JOHN CIARDI

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.

JOSEPH JOUBERT


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