Poetry Quotes And Sayings

Quotes And Sayings About Poetry

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Poetry consists in a rhyming dictionary and things seen.
~By Gertrude Stein ~


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 ~


Perhaps there is an idea among Japanese students that one general difference between Japanese and Western poetry is that the former cultivates short forms and the latter longer ones, gut this is only in part true.
~By Lafcadio Hearn ~


Herman has taken to writing poetry. You need not tell anyone, for you know how such things get around.
~By Elizabeth Shaw Melville ~


Love is the poetry of the senses.
~By Honore de Balzac ~


There is probably nothing wrong with art for art's sake if we take the phrase seriously, and not take it to mean the kind of poetry written in England forty years ago.
~By Allen Tate ~


You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.
~By Joseph Joubert ~


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


But one does not make living writing poetry unless you're a professor, and one frankly doesn't get a lot of girls as a poet.
~By Jeffery Deaver ~


There's one of my new poems actually - is a good example of where my poetry has ended up. My earlier river poetry was more like a cross between Shelley and Dylan Thomas.
~By Robert Adamson ~


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


If I do a poetry reading I want people to walk out and say they feel better for having been there - not because you've done a comedy performance but because you're talking about your father dying or having young children, things that touch your soul.
~By Roger McGough ~


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


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 ~


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 ~


If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance can heighten its value as poetry.
~By John Drinkwater ~


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


And there are a lot more people reading poetry, but there are not so many people reading an individual poet.
~By Peter Davison ~


I don't think the creative writing industry has helped American poetry.
~By Robert Morgan ~


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


As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.
~By Thomas B. Macaulay ~


I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry.
~By Randall Jarrell ~


We recognise in the finished art, which is the result of these conditions, the best words in the best order - poetry; and to put this essential poetry into different classes is impossible.
~By John Drinkwater ~


Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.
~By T. S. Eliot ~


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 ~


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 ~


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


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 ~


Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.
~By Percy Bysshe Shelley ~


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


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


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


Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases.
~By William Shenstone ~


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 ~


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


The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ; it contains both of them in a state of high development, and epitomizes both.
~By Victor Hugo ~


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


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


Nobody ever told me what to read, or ever put poetry in my way.
~By Isaac Rosenberg ~


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 ~


Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it.
~By Seamus Heaney ~


Concrete poets continue to turn out beautiful things, but to me they're more visual than oral, and they almost really belong on the wall rather than in a book. I haven't the least idea of where poetry is going.
~By James Laughlin ~


Stadium rock and commercial rock are the opposite of what poetry needs. An audience of around 200 is ideal for poetry.
~By Adrian Mitchell ~


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 ~


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


Gil Thorpe is a great diversion and is to book writing as poetry is to prose.
~By Jerry B. Jenkins ~


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 ~


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


Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry.
~By Georges Braque ~


With Shakespeare and poetry, a new world was born. New dreams, new desires, a self consciousness was born. I desired to know to know myself in terms of the new standards set by these books.
~By Peter Abrahams ~


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 ~


Since the printing press came into being, poetry has ceased to be the delight of the whole community of man; it has become the amusement and delight of the few.
~By John Masefield ~


It is written on the arched sky; it looks out from every star. It is the poetry of Nature; it is that which uplifts the spirit within us.
~By John Ruskin ~


I've got a book of poetry by the bed, one of these big collections that goes back to the Greeks and Romans.
~By Martin C. Smith ~


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 ~


Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry; on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose.
~By Walter Savage Landor ~


Poetry is one of the few nasty childhood habits I've managed to grow out of.
~By Tom Holt ~


My art and poetry is very political now. Because you've got to find that truth within you and express yourself. Somewhere out there, I know, there will be people who will listen.
~By Jack Bowman ~


Poetry lies its way to the truth.
~By John Ciardi ~


A group of us started a community center in Santa Monica. We've tried different programs, and three have worked really well. A poetry group. Once a week we visit Venice High and talk to girls at risk.
~By Lisa Bonet ~


Poetry is all nouns and verbs.
~By Marianne Moore ~


Never fear: Thank Home, and Poetry, and the Force behind both.
~By Wilfred Owen ~


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 ~


I've always written, all my life, and when I was very young I developed an interest in poetry.
~By Jeffery Deaver ~


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


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 ~


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


I see a resurgence of interest in poetry. I am less optimistic about the prospects for the arts when it comes to federal funding.
~By Rita Dove ~


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'm not really quiet or shy. Ask any of my friends! But I always ground my poetry in life itself. Poetry is an art of language, though, so I am always aware of every word's meaning, or multiple meanings.
~By Anne Stevenson ~


My old teacher's definition of poetry is an attempt to understand.
~By Thom Gunn ~


One of the most powerful devices of poetry is the use of distortions. You can go from talking about the way a minute passes to the way a century passes, or a lifetime.
~By Robert Morgan ~


Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production.
~By Joseph Brodsky ~


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 ~


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


The older I've got the less I find myself going back and re-reading or really reading new fiction or poetry.
~By Reynolds Price ~


Traditional matter must be glorified, since it would be easier to listen to the re-creation of familiar stories than to quite new and unexpected things; the listeners, we must remember, needed poetry chiefly as the re-creation of tired hours.
~By Lascelles Abercrombie ~


There have been two popular subjects for poetry in the last few decades: the Vietnam War and AIDS, about both of which almost all of us have felt deeply.
~By Thom Gunn ~


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


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 ~


Such discussions help us very little to enjoy what has been well done in art or poetry, to discriminate between what is more and what is less excellent in them, or to use words like beauty, excellence, art, poetry, with a more precise meaning than they would otherwise have.
~By Walter Pater ~


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 ~


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


It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.
~By Brooks Atkinson ~


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 ~


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 ~


The higher Greek poetry did not make up fictitious plots; its business was to express the heroic saga, the myths.
~By Gilbert Murray ~


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 ~


The lines of poetry, the period of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be preeminently musical.
~By William Shenstone ~


We are looking to brands for poetry and for spirituality, because we're not getting those things from our communities or from each other.
~By Naomi Klein ~


The cliche is dead poetry.
~By Gerald Brenan ~


The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
~By John Ruskin ~


Prose talks and poetry sings.
~By Franz Grillparzer ~


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; a criticism of life under the conditions fixed for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty.
~By Matthew Arnold ~


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 ~


The subject of Finnish poetry ought to have a special interest for the Japanese student, if only for the reason that Finnish poetry comes more closely in many respects to Japanese poetry than any other form of Western poetry.
~By Lafcadio Hearn ~


The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
~By Jean Giraudoux ~


You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.
~By Joseph Joubert ~


That is to say, epic poetry has been invented many times and independently; but, as the needs which prompted the invention have been broadly similar, so the invention itself has been.
~By Lascelles Abercrombie ~

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