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Quotes And Sayings About Poetry

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Poetry is the art which is technically within the grasp of everyone: a piece of paper and a pencil and one is ready.
~By Eugenio Montale ~


But poetry is a way of language, it is not its subject or its maker's background or interests or hobbies or fixations. It is nearer to utterance than history.
~By Thomas Lynch ~


I was reading the poems of Rochester. Rochester made himself out to be bisexual, but I think that was only to shock. Most of his poetry is sexual, even pornographic.
~By Thom Gunn ~


Conversation may be compared to a lyre with seven chords - philosophy, art, poetry, love, scandal, and the weather.
~By Anna Jameson ~


With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.
~By Edgar Allan Poe ~


I'm perfectly happy when I look out at an audience and it's all women. I always think it's kind of odd, but then, more women than men, I think, read and write poetry.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


I don't live for poetry. I live far more than anybody else does.
~By Charles Olson ~


Art: If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.
~By Muhammad Iqbal ~


Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world.
~By Archibald MacLeish ~


Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
~By Carl Sandburg ~


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.
~By Paul Engle ~


I write poetry in order to live more fully.
~By Judith Rodriguez ~


It's just poetry, beauty and love. How hard can that be to act?
~By Robin Wright Penn ~


Thinking in its lower grades, is comparable to paper money, and in its higher forms it is a kind of poetry.
~By Henry Ellis ~


Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems.
~By John Barton ~


Poetry is a succession of questions which the poet constantly poses.
~By Vicente Aleixandre ~


Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven!
~By Lord Byron ~


That's the way it is with poetry: When it is incomprehensible it seems profound, and when you understand it, it is only ridiculous.
~By Galway Kinnell ~


Narrative art, the novel, from Murasaki to Proust, has produced great works of poetry.
~By Eugenio Montale ~


Art works because it appeals to certain faculties of the mind. Music depends on details of the auditory system, painting and sculpture on the visual system. Poetry and literature depend on language.
~By Steven Pinker ~


There are men who can write poetry, and there are men who can read balance sheets. The men who can read balance sheets cannot write.
~By Henry R. Luce ~


In the television age, the key distinction is between the candidate who can speak poetry and the one who can only speak prose.
~By Richard M. Nixon ~


By the general process of epic poetry, I mean the way this form of art has constantly responded to the profound needs of the society in which it was made.
~By Lascelles Abercrombie ~


A great many people seem to think writing poetry is worthwhile, even though it pays next to nothing and is not as widely read as it should be.
~By Mark Strand ~


Any long work in which poetry is persistent, be it epic or drama or narrative, is really a succession of separate poetic experiences governed into a related whole by an energy distinct from that which evoked them.
~By John Drinkwater ~


I'm quite sure that most writers would sustain real poetry if they could, but it takes devotion and talent.
~By Marguerite Young ~


At this point we've answered about every question you could possibly imagine about Deep Space Nine, so we do this thing called Theatrical Jazz, where we do a show of bits and pieces of things from plays and literature, poetry... stuff that we like. It's fun.
~By Rene Auberjonois ~


I was apprehensive. I feared every time I talked about poetry, it would be filtered through the lens of race, sex, and age.
~By Rita Dove ~


I love to compare different time frames. Poetry can evoke the time of the subject. By a very careful choice of words you can evoke an era, completely throw the poem into a different time scale.
~By Robert Morgan ~


My friends never talk to me about my poetry because they're embarrassed that I write it or they're embarrassed by what I write about which are not such extraordinarily terrifying things, but they are the state of human existence.
~By Peter Davison ~


Rap is poetry set to music. But to me it's like a jackhammer.
~By Bette Midler ~


Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.
~By Percy Bysshe Shelley ~


Prose talks and poetry sings.
~By Franz Grillparzer ~


If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
~By A. E. Housman ~


There is poetry even in prose, in all the great prose which is not merely utilitarian or didactic: there exist poets who write in prose or at least in more or less apparent prose; millions of poets write verses which have no connection with poetry.
~By Eugenio Montale ~


Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.
~By William Hazlitt ~


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


I definitely wish to distinguish American poetry from British or other English language poetry.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


But in the finished art of the song the use of words has no connection with the use of words in poetry.
~By John Drinkwater ~


How does one happen to write a poem: where does it come from? That is the question asked by the psychologists or the geneticists of poetry.
~By Allen Tate ~


Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.
~By Lucille Clifton ~


So I suppose poetry, language, the shaping of it, was and remains for me an effort to make sense out of essentially senseless situations.
~By Thomas Lynch ~


If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.
~By Jim Morrison ~


The arts generally have had to recognize Modernism - how should poetry escape?
~By John C. Ransom ~


Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
~By Virginia Woolf ~


Part of what we love about poetry is the fact that it seems ancient, that it has an authority of ancient language and ancient form, and that it's timeless, that it reaches back.
~By Robert Morgan ~


Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.
~By Adrienne Rich ~


Poetry seems to have been eliminated as a literary genre, and installed instead, as a kind of spiritual aerobic exercise - nobody need read it, but anybody can do it.
~By Marilyn Hacker ~


Instead of trying to come up and pontificate on what literature is, you need to talk with children, to teachers, and make sure they get poetry in the curriculum early.
~By Rita Dove ~


A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry, unless, of course, the life has been made into an art.
~By Mark Strand ~


I found that it wasn't so oddball to like music and poetry and visual arts, they're kindred spirits.
~By J. Carter Brown ~


What is poetry which does not save nations or people?
~By Czeslaw Milosz ~


Poetry asks people to have values, form opinions, care about some other part of experience besides making money and being successful on the job.
~By Toi Derricotte ~


There is an urgent need for Americans to look deeply into themselves and their actions, and musical poetry is perhaps the most effective mirror available. Every newspaper headline is a potential song.
~By Phil Ochs ~


Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.
~By John Keats ~


Our most famous writers are Faulkner and Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor. It would make sense that the poetry would reflect some of those same values, some of the same techniques.
~By Robert Morgan ~


All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
~By Edgar Allan Poe ~


Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
~By Marianne Moore ~


Children seem naturally drawn to poetry - it's some combination of the rhyme, rhythm, and the words themselves.
~By Jack Prelutsky ~


Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.
~By James Joyce ~


PC stuff just lowers the general acceptance of good work and replaces it with bogus poetry that celebrates values that in themselves are probably quite worthy.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


Because people are very interested in my poetry, in what I say.
~By Compay Segundo ~


The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is made more by the readers than by writers. Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse.
~By Robert Morgan ~


Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.
~By T. S. Eliot ~


With several different kinds of poetry to choose from, a man would decide that he would like best to be an epic poet, and he would set out, in conscious determination, on an epic poem.
~By Lascelles Abercrombie ~


I look for poetry in English because it's the only language I read.
~By Jack Prelutsky ~


If epic poetry is a definite species, the sagas do not fall within it.
~By Lascelles Abercrombie ~


What actually makes poetry poetry is of course impossible to define. We recognize it when we hear it, when we see it, but we can't define it.
~By Robert Morgan ~


I was in Paris at an English-language bookstore. I picked up a volume of Dickinson's poetry. I came back to my hotel, read 2,000 of her poems and immediately began composing in my head. I wrote down the melodies even before I got to a piano.
~By Gordon Getty ~


Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
~By Denis Diderot ~


But it is the province of religion, of philosophy, of pure poetry only, to go beyond life, beyond time, into eternity.
~By Alfred de Vigny ~


We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.
~By Maria Montessori ~


The first function of poetry is to tell the truth, to learn how to do that, to find out what you really feel and what you really think.
~By June Jordan ~


Written poetry is different. Best thing is to see it in performance first, then read it. Performance is more provocative.
~By Adrian Mitchell ~


To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
~By John Ruskin ~


I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry.
~By John Cage ~


Anticipating that most poetry will be worse than carrying heavy luggage through O'Hare Airport, the public, to its loss, reads very little of it.
~By Russell Baker ~


Women are treated as unjustly in poetry as in life. The feminine ones are not idealistic, and the idealistic not feminine.
~By Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ~


Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.
~By Wallace Stevens ~


Poetry should be able to reach everybody, and it should be able to appeal to all levels of understanding.
~By Peter Davison ~


There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.
~By Robert Graves ~


A poem in form still has to have voice, gesture, a sense of discovery, a metaphoric connection, as any poetry does.
~By Robert Morgan ~


Poetry is, first and last, language - the rest is filler.
~By Mark Strand ~


I think that concrete poetry seems to have, as far as I can see, come to a kind of a dead end. It doesn't seem to be going any further than it went in its high period of about five or six years ago.
~By James Laughlin ~


Poetry is composing for the breath.
~By Peter Davison ~


Serious poetry deals with the fundamental conflicts that cannot be logically resolved: we can state the conflicts rationally, but reason does not relieve us of them.
~By Allen Tate ~


Poetry, almost by definition, calls attention to its language and form.
~By Robert Morgan ~


Poetry is the mother-tongue of the human race.
~By Johann G. Hamann ~


I've already written 300 space poems. But I look upon my ultimate form as being a poetic prose. When you read it, it appears to be prose, but within the prose you have embedded the techniques of poetry.
~By Story Musgrave ~


Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
~By Plutarch ~


I'd always loved poetry and I'd always loved writing music and composing music, but I hadn't thought of putting the two together until around that time.
~By Bruce Cockburn ~


Sometimes the beauty is easy. Sometimes you don't have to try at all. Sometimes you can hear the wind blow in a handshake. Sometimes there's poetry written right on the bathroom wall.
~By Ani DiFranco ~


Most people can't tell now who wrote what. I like that blurring of identities within the band. because it becomes a unified thing that can't be related to other forms of historical poetry.
~By Thurston Moore ~


Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness.
~By Nathaniel Hawthorne ~


In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.
~By Wallace Stevens ~


When you're looking that far out, you're giving people their place in the universe, it touches people. Science is often visual, so it doesn't need translation. It's like poetry, it touches you.
~By Story Musgrave ~


It should here be added that poetry habitually takes the form of verse.
~By John Drinkwater ~


Then I discovered I loved writing poetry more than fiction.
~By George Murray ~


Poetry is also the physical self of the poet, and it is impossible to separate the poet from his poetry.
~By Salvatore Quasimodo ~


Poetry is a special use of language that opens onto the real. The business of the poet is truth telling, which is why in the Celtic tradition no one could be a teacher unless he or she was a poet.
~By Huston Smith ~

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