Poetry Quotes And Sayings

Quotes And Sayings About Poetry

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Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
~By Percy Bysshe Shelley ~


We simply have not kept in touch with poetry.
~By Paul Muldoon ~


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 ~


Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance... poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music.
~By Ezra Pound ~


Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
~By Robert Frost ~


So it is in poetry. All we ask is that the mood recorded shall impress us as having been of the kind that exhausts the imaginative capacity; if it fails to do this the failure will announce itself either in prose or in insignificant verse.
~By John Drinkwater ~


And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there... Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.
~By Ezra Pound ~


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 ~


Poetry has done enough when it charms, but prose must also convince.
~By H. L. Mencken ~


I have experienced healing through other writers' poetry, but there's no way I can sit down to write in the hope a poem will have healing potential. If I do, I'll write a bad poem.
~By Marilyn Hacker ~


Money is everywhere but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets.
~By Federico Fellini ~


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 ~


To be born in Wales, not with a silver spoon in your mouth, but, with music in your blood and with poetry in your soul, is a privilege indeed.
~By Brian Harris ~


Poetry is something to make us wiser and better, by continually revealing those types of beauty and truth, which God has set in all men's souls.
~By James Russell Lowell ~


I'm sorry, man, but I've got magic. I've got poetry in my fingertips. Most of the time - and this includes naps - I'm an F-18, bro. And I will destroy you in the air. I will deploy my ordinance to the ground.
~By Charlie Sheen ~


This proves that great lyric poetry can die, be reborn, die again, but will always remain one of the most outstanding creations of the human soul.
~By Eugenio Montale ~


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


The other side of it is that, despite all that, people reach out to poetry at the key moments in their lives.
~By Paul Muldoon ~


Poetry being the sign of that which all men desire, even though the desire be unconscious, intensity of life or completeness of experience, the universality of its appeal is a matter of course.
~By John Drinkwater ~


Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.
~By June Jordan ~


If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.
~By Emily Dickinson ~


For me, poetry is a situation - a state of being, a way of facing life and facing history.
~By Tahar Ben Jelloun ~


If you go into a bar in most places in America and even say the word poetry, you'll probably get beaten up. But poetry is a really strong, beautiful form to me, and a lot of innovation in language comes from poetry.
~By Jim Jarmusch ~


Poetry had far better imply things than preach them directly... in the open pulpit her voice grows hoarse and fails.
~By F. L. Lucas ~


Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.
~By Samuel Taylor Coleridge ~


I am not ridiculing verbal mechanisms, dreams, or repressions as origins of poetry; all three of them and more besides may have a great deal to do with it.
~By Allen Tate ~


Children can write poetry and then, unless they're poets, they stop when reach puberty.
~By Dennis Potter ~


Poetry for me is as much a spiritual practice as sexual ecstasy is.
~By James Broughton ~


I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.
~By Edgar Allan Poe ~


I have written some songs, but I would really call what I've done poetry at the end of the day, because I'll sit with my guitar for hours and hours on end for, like, a week and then I won't touch it for a month. I also just have no confidence. And you know what? I don't have time, because I'd rather be doing other things, like knitting.
~By Amanda Seyfried ~


Superstition is the poetry of life.
~By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~


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 ~


The idea of avant-garde art is a very suspicious thing to me, the idea that poetry is new and it keeps being new the way Chevrolets every year are new.
~By Robert Morgan ~


Alchemy is the art of far and near, and I think poetry is alchemy in that way. It's delightful to distort size, to see something that's tiny as though it were vast.
~By Robert Morgan ~


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 ~


Experience has taught me, when I am shaving of a morning, to keep watch over my thoughts, because, if a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
~By A. E. Housman ~


The more poetry you have in the head, the more poetry you will understand because you will be getting to the roots of what it is that makes people write poetry at all.
~By Peter Davison ~


Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
~By T. S. Eliot ~


The irony is, going to work every day became the subject of probably my best poetry.
~By Philip Levine ~


France is not poetic; she even feels, in fact, a congenital horror of poetry. Among the writers who use verse, those whom she will always prefer are the most prosaic.
~By Charles Baudelaire ~


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


I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.
~By David Antin ~


For me, poetry is always a search for order.
~By Elizabeth Jennings ~


And how can poetry stand up against its new conditions? Its position is perfectly precarious.
~By John C. Ransom ~


I used to write sonnets and various things, and moved from there into writing prose, which, incidentally, is a lot more interesting than poetry, including the rhythms of prose.
~By Shelby Foote ~


In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.
~By Paul Dirac ~


One has only as much morality as one has philosophy and poetry.
~By Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ~


Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.
~By William Blake ~


Poetry is its own medium; it's very different than writing prose. Poetry can talk in an imagistic sense, it has particular ways of catching an environment.
~By Story Musgrave ~


Poetry transforms and redeems the common, the hurtful, the humiliating.
~By Susan Montez ~


I don't know a better preparation for life than a love of poetry and a good digestion.
~By Zona Gale ~


In the past, poetry came in the form of spells and chants used to effect change.
~By John Barton ~


Romance like a ghost escapes touching; it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory.
~By George William Curtis ~


We all need ways to express ourselves, and poetry is one of mine.
~By Jack Prelutsky ~


My next project is to get back to that. Actually, to learn how to write poetry. I'm not kidding.
~By Harry Mathews ~


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 ~


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 a way of taking life by the throat.
~By Robert Frost ~


I think Ginsberg has done more harm to the craft that I honor and live by than anybody else by reducing it to a kind of mean that enables the most dubious practitioners to claim they are poets because they think, If the kind of thing Ginsberg does is poetry, I can do that.
~By James Dickey ~


The mystic purchases a moment of exhilaration with a lifetime of confusion; and the confusion is infectious and destructive. It is confusing and destructive to try and explain anything in terms of anything else, poetry in terms of psychology.
~By Basil Bunting ~


To a poet the mere making of a poem can seem to solve the problem of truth, but only a problem of art is solved in poetry.
~By Laura Riding ~


The reason can only be this: heroic poetry depends on an heroic age, and an age is heroic because of what it is, not because of what it does.
~By Lascelles Abercrombie ~


Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.
~By Allen Ginsberg ~


I love Sufism as I love beautiful poetry, but it is not the answer. Sufism is like a mirage in the desert. It says to you, come and sit, relax and enjoy yourself for a while.
~By Naguib Mahfouz ~


The fact that something is in a rhymed form or in blank verse will not make it good poetry.
~By Robert Morgan ~


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.
~By A. E. Housman ~


We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
~By William Butler Yeats ~


There may be more poetry than justice in poetic justice.
~By George Will ~


Most people read poetry listening for echoes because the echoes are familiar to them. They wade through it the way a boy wades through water, feeling with his toes for the bottom: The echoes are the bottom.
~By Wallace Stevens ~


Well, probably I was fed up with concrete poetry. There was a lot of bad concrete poetry and besides, it was confused with visual poetry which was completely different.
~By Ian Hamilton Finlay ~


I love painting and music, of course. I don't know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry. I've certainly been influenced by fiction. I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it, and I didn't read it until I was in my late 20s.
~By Kenneth Koch ~


I will not leave a corner of my consciousness covered up, but saturate myself with the strange and extraordinary new conditions of this life, and it will all refine itself into poetry later on.
~By Isaac Rosenberg ~


It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
~By Charles Baudelaire ~


Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.
~By Dennis Gabor ~


Meet some people who care about poetry the way you do. You'll have that readership. Keep going until you know you're doing work that's worthy. And then see what happens. That's my advice.
~By Philip Levine ~


The blood jet is poetry and there is no stopping it.
~By Sylvia Plath ~


Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there.
~By Archibald MacLeish ~


Let me read you some of my poetry. My poetry just takes me to another level.
~By Rick Fox ~


He passes from lyric to epic poetry in order to speak about the world and the torment in the world through man, rationally and emotionally. The poet then becomes a danger.
~By Salvatore Quasimodo ~


Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.
~By Thomas B. Macaulay ~


Science arose from poetry... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.
~By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~


Humour is a fine line to walk in poetry, as in fiction. I just think it's harder to write. It's harder to keep the respect of the reader too.
~By George Murray ~


As to London we must console ourselves with the thought that if life outside is less poetic than it was in the days of old, inwardly its poetry is much deeper.
~By Goldwin Smith ~


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 ~


If we ask a vague question, such as, 'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer, such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,' or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.'
~By A. R. Ammons ~


For me, prose walks, poetry dances.
~By James Broughton ~


The cliche is dead poetry.
~By Gerald Brenan ~


I knew what book we had to write, it was clear in my head; it was journals and poetry. So I passed on their offer. I told my agent this is our vision, and no one's done it this way.
~By Kenny Loggins ~


I started off in England and very few people knew I was Australian. I mean, the clues were in the poems, but they didn't read them very carefully, and so for years and years I was considered completely part of the English poetry scene.
~By Peter Porter ~


Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
~By Plato ~


To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
~By John Andrew Holmes ~


Poetry is innocent, not wise. It does not learn from experience, because each poetic experience is unique.
~By Karl Shapiro ~


I would say that American poetry has always been a poetry of personal testimony.
~By Mark Strand ~


There is one type of ideal woman very seldom described in poetry - the old maid, the woman whom sorrow or misfortune prevents from fulfilling her natural destiny.
~By Lafcadio Hearn ~


All those authors there, most of whom of course I've never met. That's the poetry side, that's the prose side, that's the fishing and miscellaneous behind me. You get an affection for books that you've enjoyed.
~By Norman MacCaig ~


The poetry of this one is called philosophical, of that one philological, of a third rhetorical, and so on. Which is then the poetic poetry?
~By Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ~


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 ~


Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence.
~By Norman O. Brown ~


All poetry has to do is to make a strong communication. All the poet has to do is listen. The poet is not an important fellow. There will also be another poet.
~By Stevie Smith ~


If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
~By Emily Dickinson ~

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