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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 ~


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 ~


The cliche is dead poetry.
~By Gerald Brenan ~


Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature, of character, of the passions and their operations in diversified situations.
~By Horace Walpole ~


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


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 ~


American poetry, like American painting, is always personal with an emphasis on the individuality of the poet.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


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


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


You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
~By Mario Cuomo ~


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


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 ~


Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
~By T. S. Eliot ~


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 ~


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 ~


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 ~


Even the people who have had success and made money writing these books of fiction seem to feel the need to pretend it's no big deal, or part of a natural progression from poetry to fiction, but often it's really just about the money, the perceived prestige.
~By George Murray ~


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


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 ~


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 is all that is worth remembering in life.
~By William Hazlitt ~


Because people are very interested in my poetry, in what I say.
~By Compay Segundo ~


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


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 ~


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 ~


Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness.
~By Nathaniel Hawthorne ~


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


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


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


There are so many things that poetry is about, one of which is memory.
~By Peter Davison ~


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


From reading a previous answer, you know that I consider all those aspects to be part of American cultural myth and thus they figure into good American poetry, whether the poet is aware of what he is doing or not.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.
~By George Farquhar ~


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


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 ~


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


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


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


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 ~


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 ~


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


Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.
~By Jim Morrison ~


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 ~


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 ~


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


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


Experience has taught me, when I am shaving of a morning, to keep watch over my thoughts, because, if a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
~By A. E. Housman ~


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 ~


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


The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.
~By Louis Kronenberger ~


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 ~


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 ~


Poetry is something to make us wiser and better, by continually revealing those types of beauty and truth, which God has set in all men's souls.
~By James Russell Lowell ~


Money is a kind of poetry.
~By Wallace Stevens ~


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 ~


I believe that the short story is as different a form from the novel as poetry is, and the best stories seem to me to be perhaps closer in spirit to poetry than to novels.
~By Tobias Wolff ~


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 ~


However, I learned something. I thought that if the young person, the student, has poetry in him or her, to offer them help is like offering a propeller to a bird.
~By Norman MacCaig ~


Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
~By Plato ~


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


Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you've lost the whole thing.
~By W. S. Merwin ~


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


I have written some songs, but I would really call what I've done poetry at the end of the day, because I'll sit with my guitar for hours and hours on end for, like, a week and then I won't touch it for a month. I also just have no confidence. And you know what? I don't have time, because I'd rather be doing other things, like knitting.
~By Amanda Seyfried ~


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


Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.
~By William Blake ~


There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.
~By Emily Dickinson ~


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


Instead of trying to come up and pontificate on what literature is, you need to talk with children, to teachers, and make sure they get poetry in the curriculum early.
~By Rita Dove ~


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 ~


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


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


If there were no poetry on any day in the world, poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an intolerable hunger.
~By Muriel Rukeyser ~


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


Frankly, writing poetry for children is plain old fun, and I consider myself blessed to have such a delightful career.
~By Jack Prelutsky ~


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 ~


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


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 ~


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


We read Robert Browning's poetry. Here we needed no guidance from the professor: the poems themselves were enough.
~By Carl Sandburg ~


If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
~By A. E. Housman ~


It's always good when women win things in fiction because it tends to be more male-dominated, unlike poetry, which is more equal.
~By Carol Ann Duffy ~


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


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


Poetry, it is often said and loudly so, is life's true mirror. But a monkey looking into a work of literature looks in vain for Socrates.
~By Franz Grillparzer ~


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 ~


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


I did not have a very literary background. I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics, and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation.
~By Robert Morgan ~


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 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 ~


I was always interested in French poetry sort of as a sideline to my own work, I was translating contemporary French poets. That kind of spilled out into translation as a way to earn money, pay for food and put bread on the table.
~By Paul Auster ~


Poetry is a mixture of common sense, which not all have, with an uncommon sense, which very few have.
~By John Masefield ~


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 ~


If poetry should address itself to the same needs and aspirations, the same hopes and fears, to which the Bible addresses itself, it might rival it in distribution.
~By Wallace Stevens ~


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


Most people read poetry listening for echoes because the echoes are familiar to them. They wade through it the way a boy wades through water, feeling with his toes for the bottom: The echoes are the bottom.
~By Wallace Stevens ~


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


Slowly poetry becomes visual because it paints images, but it is also musical: it unites two arts into one.
~By Eugenio Montale ~


No, what I should really like to do right now, in the full blaze of lights, before this illustrious assembly, is to shower every one of you with gifts, with flowers, with offerings of poetry - to be young once more, to ride on the crest of the wave.
~By Knut Hamsun ~


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 ~

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