Poetry Quotes And Sayings

Quotes And Sayings About Poetry

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


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 is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
~By Rita Dove ~


I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so in whining poetry.
~By John Donne ~


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


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 ~


I've done a number of readings at poetry lounges in Vancouver and Los Angeles. I've compiled a book of poetry that's completed, and two others I'm working on.
~By Corin Nemec ~


And the second question, can poetry be taught? I didn't think so.
~By Norman MacCaig ~


My mother carried on and supported us; her ambition had been to write poetry and songs.
~By Philip Levine ~


Women who are inclined to write poetry at all are inspired by being mad at something.
~By Amy Clampitt ~


Religious poetry, civic poetry, lyric or dramatic poetry are all categories of man's expression which are valid only if the endorsement of formal content is valid.
~By Salvatore Quasimodo ~


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 ~


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 ~


I did know Ted Hughes and I partly wrote the book to explain to myself and others the complexities of a marriage that was for six years wonderfully productive of poetry and then ended in tragedy.
~By Anne Stevenson ~


Marriage - a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
~By Beverley Nichols ~


Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
~By Albert Einstein ~


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


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


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 ~


Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth - the true poet is very near the oracle.
~By Edwin Hubbel Chapin ~


Well I guess the plan was to write poetry and publish books and make a living from writing poetry. That was a pretty ambitious plan I guess.
~By Robert Adamson ~


Poetry has the virtue of being able to say twice as much as prose in half the time, and the drawback, if you do not give it your full attention, of seeming to say half as much in twice the time.
~By Christopher Fry ~


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 ~


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 ~


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


To me, Doors fans were always the 16-year-old idiots at parties, getting stoned, and talking about how Morrison's lyrics were like poetry... like that was a deep thought.
~By Bruce McCulloch ~


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 ~


Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings, to the unknown, and returns us to our rational, structured selves refreshed.
~By A. R. Ammons ~


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


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


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


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 ~


My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday, so I said I wanted to read poetry with her.
~By Guy Johnson ~


I was always making up rhymes. But I never thought that poetry would become my life.
~By Saul Williams ~


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 ~


Poetry is life distilled.
~By Gwendolyn Brooks ~


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 ~


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 ~


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


I want to branch out. I want to write. I write poetry. I want to see my children grow up well.
~By Annie Lennox ~


I wrote some bad poetry that I published in North African journals, but even as I withdrew into this reading, I also led the life of a kind of young hooligan.
~By Jacques Derrida ~


I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; - poetry = the best words in the best order.
~By Samuel Taylor Coleridge ~


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


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 ~


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


I think that great poetry is the most interesting and complex use of the poet's language at that point in history, and so it's even more exciting when you read a poet like Yeats, almost 100 years old now, and you think that perhaps no one can really top that.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


One can't write for all readers. A poet cannot write for people who don't like poetry.
~By Nathalie Sarraute ~


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


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 ~


Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.
~By Thomas Mann ~


The poetry community here has been extraordinarily welcoming.
~By George Murray ~


Some Marines made fun of the fact that I had done plays and studied poetry, but then I won the award for physical training.
~By David Hunt ~


The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart.
~By Ryszard Kapuscinski ~


High and low culture come together in all Post Modern art, and American poetry is not excluded from this.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


It is a way we reassess our past. We can do that in poetry in ways we can't do in prose.
~By Peter Davison ~


When I was in college, I used to write little ditties and short stories and poetry for my friends. Writing a book is another thing. It is so much different from my traditional day of dirty fingernails and greasy hair and hot pans.
~By Mario Batali ~


Pound's translation of Chinese poetry was maybe the most important thing I read. Eliot a little bit later.
~By Robert Morgan ~


I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it.
~By Marianne Moore ~


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 ~


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


Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.
~By Aristotle ~


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 ~


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


Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter.
~By Victor Hugo ~


If you want to see mankind fully, look at a family. Within the family minds become organically one, and for this reason the family is total poetry.
~By Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ~


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


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 ~


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 ~


A book is sent out into the world, and there is no way of fully anticipating the responses it will elicit. Consider the responses called forth by the Bible, Homer, Shakespeare - let alone contemporary poetry or a modern novel.
~By Chaim Potok ~


There is something about poetry beyond prose logic, there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired.
~By Edward Young ~


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 ~


I think that it's more likely that in my 60s and 70s I will be writing poetry rather than fiction.
~By Robert Morgan ~


Still, language is resilient, and poetry when it is pressured simply goes underground.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


I don't think poetry is something that can be taught. We can encourage young writers, but what you can't teach them is the very essence of poetry.
~By Robert Morgan ~


The office of poetry is not to make us think accurately, but feel truly.
~By Frederick William Robertson ~


I think that is where poetry reading becomes such an individual thing. I mean I have friend who like poets who just don't say anything to me at all, I mean they seem to me rather ordinary and pedestrian.
~By James Laughlin ~


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 ~


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 ~


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


All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
~By Oscar Wilde ~


Dealing with poetry is a daunting task, simply because the reason one does it as an editor at all is because one is constantly coming to terms with one's own understanding of how to understand the world.
~By Peter Davison ~


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


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 ~


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 ~


Poetry must be made by all and not by one.
~By Comte de Lautreamont ~


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 ~


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


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 ~


My films are an extension of my poetry, using the white screen like the white page to be filled with images.
~By James Broughton ~


Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things.
~By Matthew Arnold ~


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 ~


All the modern verse plays, they're terrible; they're mostly about the poetry. It's more important that the play is first.
~By Denis Johnson ~


Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place.
~By Charles Baudelaire ~


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


Prior to Wordsworth, humor was an essential part of poetry. I mean, they don't call them Shakespeare comedies for nothing.
~By William Collins ~


Poetry: the best words in the best order.
~By Samuel Taylor Coleridge ~


And my father was a comic. He could play any musical instrument. He loved to perform. He was a wonderfully comedic character. He had the ability to dance and sing and charm and analyze poetry.
~By Lynn Johnston ~


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 ~


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 ~

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