Poetry Quotes And Sayings

Quotes And Sayings About Poetry

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Poetry seems to sink into us the way prose doesn't. I can still quote verses I learned when I was very young, but I have trouble remembering one line of a novel I just finished reading.
~By Jack Prelutsky ~


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


The quietest poetry can be an explosion of joy.
~By James Broughton ~


That sense of a life in natural objects, which in most poetry is but a rhetorical artifice, was, then, in Wordsworth the assertion of what was for him almost literal fact.
~By Walter Pater ~


Poetry is so vital to us until school spoils it.
~By Russell Baker ~


Poetry is the impish attempt to paint the color of the wind.
~By Maxwell Bodenheim ~


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 ~


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


But the gravest difficulty, and perhaps the most important, in poetry meant solely for recitation, is the difficulty of achieving verbal beauty, or rather of making verbal beauty tell.
~By Lascelles Abercrombie ~


Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.
~By Jorge Luis Borges ~


I gave up on new poetry myself 30 years ago when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens in a hostile world.
~By Russell Baker ~


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


Today the U.S. is farther from being nourished by poetry than it was a hundred years ago, when books of poems were best-sellers.
~By James Broughton ~


I wrote things for the school's newspaper, and - like all teenagers - I dabbled in poetry.
~By Stephen Colbert ~


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 ~


When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought, you can't teach poetry. This is ridiculous.
~By Norman MacCaig ~


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 ~


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 ~


Poetry is one of the destinies of speech... One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language.
~By Gaston Bachelard ~


All good poetry is forged slowly and patiently, link by link, with sweat and blood and tears.
~By Alfred Douglas ~


Bleak House is just the most astounding piece of work. There's huge, visionary poetry in it.
~By Simon Callow ~


Poetry proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together.
~By Jacques Maritain ~


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 ~


I guess the two Manifesto, Communicating Vessels, Mad Love, and some of his poetry made a significant mark on me but as far as bringing a literary element into the music I see it as a much broader assimilation.
~By Trevor Dunn ~


In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime.
~By Phyllis McGinley ~


So now I have a collection of poetry by Aaron Neville and I give it to people I want to share it with. I'd like to publish it someday.
~By Aaron Neville ~


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


In politics, as in poetry, it is sometimes true that it is darkest before dawn.
~By Larry Summers ~


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


A grain of poetry suffices to season a century.
~By Jose Marti ~


Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
~By Aristotle ~


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 ~


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 ~


My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.
~By Wilfred Owen ~


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


Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven!
~By Lord Byron ~


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 ~


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 ~


What does that represent? There was never any question in plastic art, in poetry, in music, of representing anything. It is a matter of making something beautiful, moving, or dramatic - this is by no means the same thing.
~By Fernand Leger ~


Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation.
~By Robert Fitzgerald ~


Poetry is a natural energy resource of our country.It has no energy crisis, possessing a potential that will last as long as the country. Its power is equal to that of any country in the world.
~By Richard Eberhart ~


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 ~


On July 26, 1916, I announced to all my friends in America that from now on I resolved to write no more poems in the classical language, and to begin my experiments in writing poetry in the so-called vulgar tongue of the people.
~By Hu Shih ~


However, poetry does not live solely in books or in school anthologies.
~By Eugenio Montale ~


There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
~By John Cage ~


I come here to speak poetry. It will always be in the grass. It will also be necessary to bend down to hear it. It will always be too simple to be discussed in assemblies.
~By Boris Pasternak ~


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 ~


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


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 ~


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 ~


But for me, being an editor I've been an editor of all kinds of books being an editor of poetry has been the way in which I could give a crucial part of my time to what I love most.
~By Peter Davison ~


I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry.
~By John Cage ~


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 ~


In my opinion, the most significant works of the twentieth century are those that rise beyond the conceptual tyranny of genre; they are, at the same time, poetry, criticism, narrative, drama, etc.
~By Juan Goytisolo ~


They need to learn poetry. They don't need to learn about poetry. They don't need to be told how to interpret poetry. They don't need to be told how to understand poetry. They need to learn it.
~By Peter Davison ~


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 ~


Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
~By Denis Diderot ~


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


When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images.
~By Niels Bohr ~


Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart.
~By Andres Segovia ~


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


The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.
~By James Gates Percival ~


When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
~By John F. Kennedy ~


I published, privately, a collection of my serious poetry I had written over the years. I only published 50 copies, which I gave to friends, in a special deluxe edition. It was ridiculously expensive but I'm glad that I did it.
~By Tom Glazer ~


He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.
~By George Sand ~


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 ~


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 ~


Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.
~By Thomas Gray ~


The mystical poetry of William Blake's artwork also forms the basis for the album cover.
~By Bruce Dickinson ~


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


Once every five hundred years or so, a summary statement about poetry comes along that we can't imagine ourselves living without.
~By A. R. Ammons ~


I always liked the magic of poetry but now I'm just starting to see behind the curtain of even the best poets, how they've used, tried and tested craft to create the illusion. Wonderful feeling of exhilaration to finally be there.
~By David Knopfler ~


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


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


I want to write a book of poetry, as well as children's stories.
~By Bobby McFerrin ~


I cannot speak for more than an hour exclusively about poetry. At that point, life itself takes over again.
~By Wislawa Szymborska ~


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 ~


Writing poetry makes you intensely conscious of how words sound, both aloud and inside the head of the reader. You learn the weight of words and how they sound to the ear.
~By Helen Dunmore ~


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


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 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 ~


Who writes poetry imbibes honey from the poisoned lips of life.
~By William R. Benet ~


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 ~


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 is man's rebellion against being what he is.
~By James Branch Cabell ~


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


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 ~


I had art as a major, along with English, French and History. I had dance, modern dance. In English I was allowed to write my own poetry, which I eventually got published.
~By Sally Kirkland ~


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


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


Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch's brew.
~By Anthony Hecht ~


Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words.
~By Archibald MacLeish ~


I think when kids just see well-crafted poetry, it's just obtuse to them. It's hard to relate to.
~By Jewel Kilcher ~


Music is more emotional than prose, more revolutionary than poetry. I'm not saying I've got the answers, just a of questions that I don't hear other artists asking.
~By Malcolm Wilson ~


The poetry from the eighteenth century was prose; the prose from the seventeenth century was poetry.
~By David Hare ~


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 ~


Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare - and precious as a pearl.
~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 ~


It all has to do with art - writing, painting, things I've done for a long time but just never had enough time to pursue. I have poetry - things that are designed for songs, but they're always poems first.
~By Jason Newsted ~


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

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