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Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.
~By Vladimir Nabokov ~


The cliche is dead poetry.
~By Gerald Brenan ~


Epic poetry exhibits life in some great symbolic attitude. It cannot strictly be said to symbolize life itself, but always some manner of life.
~By Lascelles Abercrombie ~


It's bad poetry executed by people that can't sing. That's my definition of Rap.
~By Peter Steele ~


I will not leave a corner of my consciousness covered up, but saturate myself with the strange and extraordinary new conditions of this life, and it will all refine itself into poetry later on.
~By Isaac Rosenberg ~


The fact that something is in a rhymed form or in blank verse will not make it good poetry.
~By Robert Morgan ~


For whatever reason, people, including very well-educated people or people otherwise interested in reading, do not read poetry.
~By Paul Muldoon ~


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.
~By W. H. Auden ~


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 ~


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 ~


If a poem is not memorable, there's probably something wrong. One of the problems of free verse is that much of the free verse poetry is not memorable.
~By Robert Morgan ~


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 ~


Serious poetry deals with the fundamental conflicts that cannot be logically resolved: we can state the conflicts rationally, but reason does not relieve us of them.
~By Allen Tate ~


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


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


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 ~


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 ~


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


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


I often imagine that the longer he studies English literature the more the Japanese student must be astonished at the extraordinary predominance given to the passion of love both in fiction and in poetry.
~By Lafcadio Hearn ~


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


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


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


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


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


It is true that short forms of poetry have been cultivated in the Far East more than in modern Europe; but in all European literature short forms of poetry are to be found - indeed quite as short as anything in Japanese.
~By Lafcadio Hearn ~


Distinctly American poetry is usually written in the context of one's geographic landscape, sometimes out of one's cultural myths, and often with reference to gender and race or ethnic origins.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


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


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


It should here be added that poetry habitually takes the form of verse.
~By John Drinkwater ~


But I am not political in the current events sense, and I have never wanted anyone to read my poetry that way.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


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 ~


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 is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private.
~By Allen Ginsberg ~


Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative writing programs or in English departments.
~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 ~


I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits, limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits that language itself imposes.
~By Mark Strand ~


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 ~


It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
~By Charles Baudelaire ~


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 ~


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


Because, in fact, women, feminists, do read my poetry, and they read it often with the power of their political interpretation. I don't care; that's what poetry is supposed to do.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


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


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


Dancing is the poetry of the foot.
~By John Dryden ~


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


As for political poetry, as it's usually defined, it seems there's very little good political poetry.
~By Kenneth Koch ~


At this point we've answered about every question you could possibly imagine about Deep Space Nine, so we do this thing called Theatrical Jazz, where we do a show of bits and pieces of things from plays and literature, poetry... stuff that we like. It's fun.
~By Rene Auberjonois ~


Poetry is an art, the easiest to dabble in, but the hardest to reach true excellence.
~By J. G. Stedman ~


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


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


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 ~


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 ~


Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
~By Khalil Gibran ~


I want a fever, in poetry: a fever, and tranquillity.
~By James Dickey ~


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


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 ~


I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible.
~By Seamus Heaney ~


No art form points like poetry to this originality of language as to its essential and abiding concern.
~By Thomas Harrison ~


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 ~


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 ~


A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry, unless, of course, the life has been made into an art.
~By Mark Strand ~


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 ~


I am grateful for - though I can't keep up with - the flood of articles, theses, and textbooks that mean to share insight concerning the nature of poetry.
~By A. R. Ammons ~


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 ~


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


Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
~By Yevgeny Yevtushenko ~


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 ~


The first function of poetry is to tell the truth, to learn how to do that, to find out what you really feel and what you really think.
~By June Jordan ~


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


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 ~


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


When truth has no burning, then it is philosophy, when it gets burning from the heart, it becomes poetry.
~By Muhammad Iqbal ~


I think it comes from really liking literary forms. Poetry is very beautiful, but the space on the page can be as affecting as where the text is. Like when Miles Davis doesn't play, it has a poignancy to it.
~By Jim Jarmusch ~


Science and art, or by the same token, poetry and prose differ from one another like a journey and an excursion. The purpose of the journey is its goal, the purpose of an excursion is the process.
~By Franz Grillparzer ~


I don't like political poetry, and I don't write it. If this question was pointing towards that, I think it is missing the point of the American tradition, which is always apolitical, even when the poetry comes out of politically active writers.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


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 ~


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


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


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


I was one of those dark, quiet kids that wrote poetry.
~By Rick Springfield ~


I've often entertained paranoid suspicions about my fridge and what it's been doing to my poetry when I'm not looking, but I never even considered that my fan was thinking about me.
~By George Murray ~


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 ~


I'm as much influenced by Joseph Smith and the Mormons as I am, more so, than by Eliot. Actually, I'm much more influenced by the poetry of the Mormons.
~By Marguerite Young ~


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


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


Most people can't tell now who wrote what. I like that blurring of identities within the band. because it becomes a unified thing that can't be related to other forms of historical poetry.
~By Thurston Moore ~


Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity.
~By Walter Mosley ~


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


It is the timber of poetry that wears most surely, and there is no timber that has not strong roots among the clay and worms.
~By John Millington Synge ~


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 ~


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 ~

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