Poetry Quotes And Sayings

Quotes And Sayings About Poetry

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Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
~By Muriel Rukeyser ~


Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that.
~By Mary Oliver ~


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 ~


Many attempts have been made by writers on art and poetry to define beauty in the abstract, to express it in the most general terms, to find some universal formula for it.
~By Walter Pater ~


To know anything of a poet but his poetry is, so far as the poetry is concerned, to know something that may be entertaining, even delightful, but is certainly inessential.
~By John Drinkwater ~


Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
~By William Wordsworth ~


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


Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.
~By Tahar Ben Jelloun ~


Rap is poetry to music, like beatniks without beards and bongos.
~By David Lee Roth ~


The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That's what poetry does.
~By Allen Ginsberg ~


Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
~By Adrian Mitchell ~


Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.
~By George Farquhar ~


One difference between poetry and lyrics is that lyrics sort of fade into the background. They fade on the page and live on the stage when set to music.
~By Stephen Sondheim ~


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 ~


Among the American contemporaries I read with most enjoyment are several North Carolinians. I think the best poetry being written these days is being written by Southerners.
~By Robert Morgan ~


I was always interested in French poetry sort of as a sideline to my own work, I was translating contemporary French poets. That kind of spilled out into translation as a way to earn money, pay for food and put bread on the table.
~By Paul Auster ~


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


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


That poetry survived in its formal agencies finally, and that prose survived to get something said.
~By Robert Creeley ~


Poetry is a sort of homecoming.
~By Paul Celan ~


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


Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever.
~By Theodore Sturgeon ~


The crown of literature is poetry.
~By W. Somerset Maugham ~


But I can only write what the muse allows me to write. I cannot choose, I can only do what I am given, and I feel pleased when I feel close to concrete poetry - still.
~By Ian Hamilton Finlay ~


Frankly, writing poetry for children is plain old fun, and I consider myself blessed to have such a delightful career.
~By Jack Prelutsky ~


Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.
~By Vincent Van Gogh ~


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


All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
~By Gustave Flaubert ~


In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well.
~By Paul Valery ~


I guess I wanted to leave America for awhile. It wasn't that I wanted to become an expatriate, or just never come back, I needed some breathing room. I'd already been translating French poetry, I'd been to Paris once before and liked it very much, and so I just went.
~By Paul Auster ~


In fact a lot of them I think are absolute baloney. Those Charles Olsens and people like that. At first I was interested in seeing what they were up to, what they were doing, why they were doing it. They never moved me in the way that one is moved by true poetry.
~By Norman MacCaig ~


Poetry uses the hub of a torque converter for a jello mold.
~By Diane Glancy ~


When I was younger, I felt it was my duty to wake people up. I thought poetry was asleep. I thought rock 'n' roll was asleep.
~By Patti Smith ~


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


I want to promote poetry to the point where you got all the baldhead kids running around doing poetry, getting the music out of the way and having only words, the spoken word, and then see what happens.
~By Russell Simmons ~


Theater and poetry were what helped people stay alive and want to go on living.
~By Vanessa Redgrave ~


I've written for every medium except poetry, at which I suck.
~By J. Michael Straczynski ~


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 ~


I was excited by what my painter friends were doing, and they seemed to be interested in our poetry too, and that was a wonderful little, fizzy sort of world.
~By Kenneth Koch ~


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 ~


Mathematics is, as it were, a sensuous logic, and relates to philosophy as do the arts, music, and plastic art to poetry.
~By Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ~


But at the beginning it was clear to me that concrete poetry was peculiarly suited for using in public settings. This was my idea, but of course I never really much got the chance to do it.
~By Ian Hamilton Finlay ~


An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.
~By Raymond Chandler ~


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


For my part, if I consider poetry as an object, I maintain that it is born of the necessity of adding a vocal sound (speech) to the hammering of the first tribal music.
~By Eugenio Montale ~


So, poetry becomes a means for useful dialogue between people who are not only unknown, but mute to each other. It produces a dialogue among people that guards all of us against manipulation by our so-called leaders.
~By June Jordan ~


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


I think we will always have the impulse towards visual poetry with us, and I wouldn't agree with Bly that it's a bad thing. It depends on the ability of the individual poet to do it well, and to make a shape which is interesting enough to hold your attention.
~By James Laughlin ~


Whereas with poetry no one has to show anybody really, and you don't have to tell anyone you're doing it.
~By Roger McGough ~


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


Well, I had this little notion - I started writing when I was eleven, writing poetry. I was passionately addicted to it; it was my great refuge through adolescence.
~By Harry Mathews ~


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 ~


Music has a poetry of its own, and that poetry is called melody.
~By Joshua Logan ~


For while the subjects of poetry are few and recurrent, the moods of man are infinitely various and unstable. It is the same in all arts.
~By John Drinkwater ~


The whole thing about making films in an organic film on location is that it's not all about characters, relationships and themes, it's also about place and the poetry of place. It's about the spirit of what you find, the accidents of what you stumble across.
~By Mike Leigh ~


Poetry was invented as an mnemonic device to enable people to remember their prayers.
~By Peter Davison ~


It is a happy thing that there is no royal road to poetry. The world should know by this time that one cannot reach Parnassus except by flying thither.
~By Gerard Manley Hopkins ~


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 ~


Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.
~By Anne Stevenson ~


We read Robert Browning's poetry. Here we needed no guidance from the professor: the poems themselves were enough.
~By Carl Sandburg ~


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


Teaching writing over the years intrudes on your own writing in important ways, taking away some of the excitement of poetry.
~By Robert Morgan ~


Poetry and prayer are very similar.
~By Carol Ann Duffy ~


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 ~


Otherwise I don't read much adult poetry at all, because I'm not smart enough and mostly I don't get it.
~By Jack Prelutsky ~


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 ~


And inasmuch as the bridge is a symbol of all such poetry as I am interested in writing it is my present fancy that a year from now I'll be more contented working in an office than ever before.
~By Hart Crane ~


Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
~By Don Marquis ~


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 ~


A very intimate sense of the expressiveness of outward things, which ponders, listens, penetrates, where the earlier, less developed consciousness passed lightly by, is an important element in the general temper of our modern poetry.
~By Walter Pater ~


There is no gilding of setting sun or glamor of poetry to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers' wives.
~By Hamlin Garland ~


What we know is that Shakespeare wrote perhaps the most remarkable body of passionate love poetry in the English language to a young man.
~By Stephen Greenblatt ~


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


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


I don't look on poetry as closed works. I feel they're going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length.
~By John Ashbery ~


I've always had a love for poetry and when I got signed to a record label I thought, 'How odd that I'm doing a record before a book of poetry,'
~By Jewel ~


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


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


Besides the actual reading in class of many poems, I would suggest you do two things: first, while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it, teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition.
~By A. R. Ammons ~


Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine art; the easiest to dabble in, the hardest in which to reach true excellence.
~By Edmund C. Stedman ~


The fact of the matter is that the most unexpected and miraculous thing in my life was the arrival in it of poetry itself - as a vocation and an elevation almost.
~By Seamus Heaney ~


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 ~


Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.
~By William Hazlitt ~


But I don't think that poetry is a good, to use a contemporary word, venue, for current events.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


The cliche is dead poetry.
~By Gerald Brenan ~


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


I don't think Auden liked my poetry very much, he's very Anglican.
~By Stevie Smith ~


I realized poetry's the thing that I can do 'cause I can stick at it and work with tremendous intensity.
~By Philip Levine ~


She was the Judy Garland of American poetry.
~By James Dickey ~


I don't think you get to good writing unless you expose yourself and your feelings. Deep songs don't come from the surface; they come from the deep down. The poetry and the songs that you are suppose to write, I believe are in your heart.
~By Judy Collins ~


I despair of ever writing excellent poetry.
~By Isaac Rosenberg ~


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


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 ~


Every one who has a heart, however ignorant of architecture he may be, feels the transcendent beauty and poetry of the mediaeval churches.
~By Goldwin Smith ~


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 want people to bow as they see me and say he is gifted with poetry, he has seen the presence of the creator.
~By Allen Ginsberg ~


The poetry of the earth is never dead.
~By John Keats ~


Poetry is life distilled.
~By Gwendolyn Brooks ~


Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one.
~By W. H. Auden ~


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 ~

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