Selected Quotes about Poetry

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. -- John Adams

It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge. -- Brooks Atkinson

A poet's hope: to be,like some valley cheese,local, but prized elsewhere. -- W. H. Auden

I cannot accept the doctrine that in poetry there is a "suspension of belief." A poet must never make a statement simply because it is sounds poetically exciting; he must also believe it to be true. -- W. H. Auden

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it. -- W. H. Auden

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

It's easier to quote poets than to read them. -- Allison Barrows

There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create. -- Charles Baudelaire

Any healthy man can go without food for two days -- but not without poetry. -- Charles Baudelaire

The poet is like the prince of clouds Who haunts the tempest and laughs at the archer; Exiled on the ground in the midst of jeers, His giant wings prevent him from walking. -- Charles Baudelaire

All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry. -- G. K. Chesterton

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. -- G. K. Chesterton

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

The freedom of poetic license. -- Cicero

The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood. -- Jean Cocteau

A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

One of the ridiculous aspects of being a poet is the huge gulf between how seriously we take ourselves and how generally we are ignored by everybody else. -- Billy Collins

A prose writer gets tired of writing prose, and wants to be a poet. So he begins every line with a capital letter, and keeps on writing prose. -- Samuel McChord Crothers

The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot. -- Salvador Dali

If I read a book [and] it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. -- Emily Dickinson

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

Conservatism is more candid to behold another's worth; reform more disposed to maintain and increase its own -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The people fancy they hate poetry, and they are all poets and mystics. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance. -- Robert Frost

A poem begins with a lump in the throat, a home-sickness or a love-sickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where the emotion has found its thought and the thought has found the words." -- Robert Frost

Poetry is what gets lost in translation. -- Robert Frost

A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland. -- Kahlil Gibran

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every English poet should master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them. -- Robert Graves

A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits. -- Robert Heinlein

Then this immensive cup Of aromatic wine, Catullus, I quaff up To that terse muse of thine. -- Robert Herrick

Many brave men lived before Agamemnon; but all are overwhelmed in eternal night, unwept, unknown, because they lack a sacred poet. -- Horace

A poem is no place for an idea. -- Edgar Watson Howe

Poetry should please by a fine excess and not by singularity. It should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost as a remembrance. -- John Keats

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

There is no peace to be taken With poets who are young, For they worry about the wars to be fought and the songs that must be sung. -- Joyce Kilmer

A poetry articulating the dreads and horrors of our time is necessary in order to make readers understand what is happening, really understand it, not just know about it but feel it: and should be accompanied by a willingness on the part of those who write it to take additional action towards stopping the great miseries which they record. -- Denise Levertov

I don't think one can accurately measure the historical effectiveness of a poem; but one does know, of course, that books influence individuals; and individuals, although they are part of large economic and social processes, influence history. Every mass is after all made up of millions of individuals. -- Denise Levertov

Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind. -- Thomas B. Macaulay

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. -- Don Marquis

Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem. -- Rollo May

A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child. -- H. L. Mencken

Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people. -- Adrian Mitchell

With my poems, I finally won even my mother. The longest wooing of my life. -- Marge Piercy

Poetry often enters through the window of irrelevance. -- M. C. Richards

Vigny, more secretAs if in his tower of ivory, retired before noon.N.B.: Vigny refers to Comte de Vigny, who locked himself in an ivory tower to work without the influences of man and desire. -- Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve

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

And hence the poet must seek to be essentially anonymous, He must die a little death each morning, He must swallow his toad and study his vomit as Baudelaire studied la charogne of Jeanne Duval. -- Delmore Schwartz

Draw a crazy picture,Write a nutty poem,Sing a mumble-gumble song,Whistle through your comb.Do a loony-goony dance'Cross the kitchen floor,Put something silly in the worldThat ain't been there before. -- Shel Silverstein

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

My poems are hymns of praise to the glory of life. -- Edith Sitwell

Poetry is the deification of reality. -- Edith Sitwell

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled [poets] to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. -- Socrates

I love Beethoven, especially the poems. -- Ringo Starr

Perhaps there is a degree of perception at which what is real and what is imagines are one: a state of clairvoyant observation, accessible or possibly accessible to the poet or, say, the acutest poet. -- Wallace Stevens

Poetry is the statement of a relation between a man and the world. -- Wallace Stevens

A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him. -- Dylan Thomas

You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it tick... You're back with the mystery of having been moved by words. The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps... so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in. -- Dylan Thomas

I would especially like to re-court the Muse of poetry, who ran off with the mailman four years ago, and drops me only a scribbled postcard from time to time. -- John Updike

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

A poem is never finished, only abandoned. -- Paul Ambroise Valery

The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing. -- Walt Whitman

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. -- Oscar Wilde

I would love to be the poet laureate of Coney Island. -- Thornton Wilder

When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet. . . indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman. -- Virginia Woolf

The scientist has marched in and taken the place of the poet. But one day somebody will find the solution to the problems of the world and remember, it will be a poet, not a scientist. -- Frank Lloyd Wright

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