Poetry Quotes

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.-Carl Sandburg

 

 

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.-David Carradine

 

 

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.-Jean Cocteau

 

 

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.-Leonard Cohen

 

 

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.-Rita Dove

 

 

A poem is never finished, only abandoned. – Paul Valery

 

 

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.-Robert Frost

 

 

Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.-Charles Simic

 

 

To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.-Octavio Paz

 

 

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.-William Wordsworth

 

 

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.-T. S. Eliot

 

 

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

 

 

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.-Plutarch

 

 

There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either.-Robert Graves

 

I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.-Edgar Allan Poe

 

 

Always be a poet, even in prose. – Charles Baudelaire

 

 

 

Poetry: the best words in the best order.-Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.-Salman Rushdie

 

 

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.-W. H. Auden

 

 

Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.-Muriel Rukeyser

 

 

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.-Paul Engle

 

 

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.-Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

 

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.-William Hazlitt

 

 

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.-Robert Frost

 

 

You don’t have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.-John Ciardi

 

 

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

 

 

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.-Allen Ginsberg

 

 

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

 

 

The moment of change is the only poem.-Adrienne Rich

 

 

Poetry is the mother-tongue of the human race.-Johann Georg Hamann

 

 

God is the perfect poet.-Robert Browning

 

 

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.-Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

Poetry is the deification of reality.-Edith Sitwell

 

 

The crown of literature is poetry.-W. Somerset Maugham

 

 

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

 

 

I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet. – Bob Dylan

 

 

If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.-Emily Dickinson

 

 

I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.-Steven Wright

 

 

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

 

 

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.-John Fowles

 

 

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

 

 

Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.-Dennis Gabor

 

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.-Carl Sandburg

 

 

Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.-Audre Lorde

 

 

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.-Robert Frost

 

 

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. – Novalis

 

 

 

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty.-Rainer Maria Rilke

 

 

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

 

 

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it’s the exact opposite.-Paul Dirac

 

 

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.-T. S. Eliot

 

 

How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.-Robert Penn Warren

 

 

If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem.-M. H. Abrams

 

 

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

 

 

What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.-Soren Kierkegaard

 

 

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.-Wallace Stevens

 

 

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.-John Keats

 

 

A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds. – Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

 

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

 

 

‘Therefore’ is a word the poet must not know.-Andre Gide

 

 

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.-John F. Kennedy

 

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