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Top famous poetry quotes

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.

— Oscar Wilde

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

— Oscar Wilde

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 when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

— Robert Frost

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

— Robert Frost

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

— Khalil Gibran

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

— Robert Frost

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

— Edgar Allan Poe

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

— T. S. Eliot

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.

— Plato

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

— Steven Wright

One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.

— Voltaire

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

— Plutarch

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

— Carl Sandburg

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

— W. H. Auden

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

To have great poets, there must be great audiences.

— Walt Whitman

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.

— William Hazlitt

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

Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.

— Samuel Johnson
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A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.

— E. M. Forster

To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.

— John Ruskin

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

— Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

— Leonard Cohen

Always be a poet, even in prose.

— Charles Baudelaire

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.

— Horace

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

— Paul Valery

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

— Carl Sandburg

Any healthy man can go without food for two days – but not without poetry.

— Charles Baudelaire

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

— Don Marquis

Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.

— Gustave Flaubert

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

— Andre Gide

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

— John Keats

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.

— Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

— Joseph Joubert

The poet doesn’t invent. He listens.

— Jean Cocteau

A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.

— Jean Cocteau

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.

— Novalis

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

— George Sand

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

— Robert Graves

God is the perfect poet.

— Robert Browning

If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.

— Thomas Hardy

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.

— Jean Cocteau

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.

— John Cage

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.

— David Carradine

A poet’s autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.

— Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.

— Wallace Stevens

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.

— Jean Cocteau

No poem is easily grasped so why should any reader expect fast results?

— John Barton

Poetry: the best words in the best order.

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.

— Muriel Rukeyser

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out… Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.

— A. E. Housman

Every single soul is a poem.

— Michael Franti

A poem can have an impact, but you can’t expect an audience to understand all the nuances.

— Douglas Dunn

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.

— Rita Dove

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.

— Alfred de Musset

The moment of change is the only poem.

— Adrienne Rich

To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes to hear it is to see it with our ears.

— Octavio Paz

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

— John Ciardi

I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.

— Howard Nemerov

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.

— Thomas Gray

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

— M. H. Abrams

The poem is a little myth of man’s capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is, rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life.

— Robert Penn Warren

The poet may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.

— Lionel Trilling

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

— Marianne Moore

The novel is born of disillusionment the poem, of despair.

— Jose Bergamin

Everyone thinks they’re going to write one book of poems or one novel.

— Marilyn Hacker

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems.

— John Barton

I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.

— Carol Ann Duffy

I like poems that are little games.

— Peter Davison

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

Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.

— Mark Strand

Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.

— Mark Strand

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition.

— Eli Khamarov

You don’t make a poem with ideas, but with words.

— Stephane Mallarme

A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings – about human feelings and frailties.

— Anne Stevenson

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.

— Anne Stevenson

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

— John Fowles

There’ll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory.

— Philip Levine

One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.

— Paul Muldoon

You don’t help people in your poems. I’ve been trying to help people all my life – that’s my trouble.

— Charles Olson

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.

— Charles Simic

A poem conveys not a message so much as the provenance of a message, an advent of sense.

— Thomas Harrison

However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence, there can’t be much to it.

— James Schuyler

How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.

— Robert Penn Warren

The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.

— Richard Rosen

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

— Charles Simic

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

— Dennis Gabor

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.

— Albert Einstein

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.

— Edgar Allan Poe

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

Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.

— Jim Morrison

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

If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it’s to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.

— Jim Morrison

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

— Aristotle

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.

— Aristotle

I read poetry to save time.

— Marilyn Monroe

I don’t think I’ve ever read poetry, ever.

— Eminem

I’m sorry, man, but I’ve got magic. I’ve got poetry in my fingertips. Most of the time – and this includes naps – I’m an F-18, bro. And I will destroy you in the air. I will deploy my ordinance to the ground.

— Charlie Sheen

I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.

— Henry David Thoreau

Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.

— Robert Frost

Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.

— Robert Frost

Wine is bottled poetry.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.

— Edgar Allan Poe

It’s not easy to define poetry.

— Bob Dylan

I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.

— Edgar Allan Poe

Some people go to priests others to poetry I to my friends.

— Virginia Woolf

The beauty, the poetry of the fear in their eyes. I didn’t mind going to jail for, what, five, six hours? It was absolutely worth it.

— Johnny Depp

Personality is everything in art and poetry.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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