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


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 ~


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


That's one of the great things about poetry; one realises that one does one's little turn - that you're just part of the great crop, as it were.
~By Paul Muldoon ~


The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.
~By Bertrand Russell ~


Clarity, clarity, surely clarity is the most beautiful thing in the world, A limited, limiting clarity I have not and never did have any motive of poetry But to achieve clarity.
~By George Oppen ~


Even if you only want to write science fiction, you should also read mysteries, poetry, mainstream literature, history, biography, philosophy, and science.
~By Walter Jon Williams ~


Translation is an interestingly different way to be involved both with poetry and with the language that I've found myself living in much of the time. I think the two feed each other.
~By Marilyn Hacker ~


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


I like the way words go together and I like the gamesmanship of writing poetry. It is such a challenge.
~By Jeffery Deaver ~


People wish to be poets more than they wish to write poetry, and that's a mistake. One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated.
~By Lucille Clifton ~


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 ~


Written poetry is worth reading once, and then should be destroyed. Let the dead poets make way for others.
~By Antonin Artaud ~


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


Of course a poem is a two-way street. No poem is any good if it doesn't suggest to the reader things from his own mind and recollection that he will read into it, and will add to what the poet has suggested. But I do think poetry readings are very important.
~By James Laughlin ~


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


Rap is rhythm and poetry. Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well.
~By Ajay Naidu ~


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 ~


Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena, using with its own unique procedures and tools.
~By John Barton ~


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


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 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 didn't want to deal in poetry. I got rid of that after a few months.
~By Tom Wesselmann ~


Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do.
~By Stephen Spender ~


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 ~


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


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


True poetry is similar to certain pictures whose owner is unknown and which only a few initiated people know.
~By Eugenio Montale ~


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


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 ~


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 ~


Lapped in poetry, wrapped in the picturesque, armed with logical sentences and inalienable words.
~By Anatole Broyard ~


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 ~


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 ~


A definition of poetry can only determine what poetry should be and not what poetry actually was and is; otherwise the most concise formula would be: Poetry is that which at some time and some place was thus named.
~By Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ~


Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
~By John Keats ~


Women do not have as great a need for poetry because their own essence is poetry.
~By Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ~


Poetry is of so subtle a spirit, that in the pouring out of one language into another it will evaporate.
~By John Denham ~


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 ~


Cut quarrels out of literature, and you will have very little history or drama or fiction or epic poetry left.
~By Robert Lynd ~


And if they haven't got poetry in them, there's nothing you can do that will produce it.
~By Norman MacCaig ~


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


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


Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
~By John Keats ~


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


Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry.
~By Jean-Paul Sartre ~


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


Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on, my literary efforts from the age of about nine running chiefly to poetry and plays.
~By Patrick White ~


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


I don't think it's always good to read lots of poetry.
~By Amber Tamblyn ~


Literature is a state of culture, poetry is a state of grace, before and after culture.
~By Juan Ramon Jimenez ~


My favorite subject probably was math. I love math. Figures just intrigue me. I was really good at math. English probably was my worst subject. But I used to write a lot of poetry. I used to write poetry all the time.
~By Herschel Walker ~


Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.
~By Carl Sandburg ~


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 ~


I see architecture not as Gropius did, as a moral venture, as truth, but as invention, in the same way that poetry or music or painting is invention.
~By Michael Graves ~


The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry.
~By Raoul Vaneigem ~


Poetry is what Milton saw when he went blind.
~By Don Marquis ~


Poetry is not only a set of words which are chosen to relate to each other; it is something which goes much further than that to provide a glimpse of our vision of the world.
~By Tahar Ben Jelloun ~


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


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


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 ~


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


I don't think American poetry has gotten any better in the past 35 years. Oddly enough, creative writing programs seem to have been good for fiction, and I would not have predicted that.
~By Robert Morgan ~


You have to really dive deep back into yourself and get rid of so much modern analytical categorization. It's one of the great things poetry does.
~By Robert Morgan ~


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 ~


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 ~


Manifesting that order of poetry where we can at last grow up to that which we stored up as we grew.
~By Seamus Heaney ~


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 ~


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


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


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


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


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


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


Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science.
~By Georges Seurat ~


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


As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug's game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing.
~By T. S. Eliot ~


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 ~


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 ~


And yet, in a culture like ours, which is given to material comforts, and addicted to forms of entertainment that offer immediate gratification, it is surprising that so much poetry is written.
~By Mark Strand ~


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


The poet exposes himself to the risk. All that has been said about poetry, all that he has learned about poetry, is only a partial assurance.
~By A. R. Ammons ~


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 ~


If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money.
~By Robert Graves ~


What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.
~By Arnold Palmer ~


There is also poetry written to be shouted in a square in front of an enthusiastic crowd. This occurs especially in countries where authoritarian regimes are in power.
~By Eugenio Montale ~


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


I thought we were gonna open up the world of poetry and music to all kinds of things, and yet, I can't really think of anyone who's done anything like it since.
~By Ray Manzarek ~


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 ~


Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite expressions.
~By Joseph Roux ~


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


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 ~


I have always made my own rules, in poetry as in life - though I have tried of late to cooperate more with my family. I do, however, believe that without order or pattern poetry is useless.
~By Anne Stevenson ~


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~

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