|Quote 168||A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.|
|Quote 173||A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.|
|Quote 213||Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.|
|Quote 220||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 slee...|
|Quote 257||Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.|
|Quote 368||A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.|
|Quote 461||All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
- Oscar Wilde|
|Quote 511||Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.|
|Quote 532||Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.|
|Quote 557||A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
- Paul Valery|
|Quote 771||Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire|
|Quote 800||A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.|
|Quote 919||Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.|
|Quote 980||Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.|
|Quote 1394||A poet can survive everything but a misprint.|
|Quote 2327||Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.|
|Quote 2976||The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.|
|Quote 3585||A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.|
|Quote 3744||A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.|
|Quote 3825||Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.|
|Quote 4024||Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personalit...|
|Quote 4415||Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extin...|
|Quote 4877||Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
- Robert Frost|
|Quote 7611||Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
|Quote 7661||Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems.|
|Quote 7770||God is the perfect poet.
- Robert Browning|
|Quote 7852||Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.|
|Quote 7941||Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.|
|Quote 8176||The moment of change is the only poem.
- Adrienne Rich|
|Quote 8226||To have great poets, there must be great audiences.|
|Quote 8264||Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
- Charles Baudelaire|
|Quote 8296||The poet doesn't invent. He listens.
- Jean Cocteau|
|Quote 8327||There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory.|
|Quote 8403||There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.|
|Quote 8407||To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.|
|Quote 8552||Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.|
|Quote 8645||A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an audience to understand all the nuances.|
|Quote 8696||Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.|
|Quote 8715||Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.|
|Quote 8728||I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.|
|Quote 8848||You don't make a poem with ideas, but with words.|
|Quote 8990||The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.|
|Quote 9068||Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.|
|Quote 9206||We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.|
|Quote 9366||Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
- Carl Sandburg|
|Quote 9558||Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.|
|Quote 9570||No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results?|
|Quote 9620||A poem conveys not a message so much as the provenance of a message, an advent of sense.|
|Quote 9723||If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.|
|Quote 10144||You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.|
|Quote 10223||I like poems that are little games.
- Peter Davison|
|Quote 10282||Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.|
|Quote 10352||Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.|
|Quote 10367||Every single soul is a poem.
- Michael Franti|
|Quote 10541||One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.|
|Quote 10593||Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.|
|Quote 10720||Poetry: the best words in the best order.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge|
|Quote 10792||Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.|
|Quote 10914||If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem.|
|Quote 10971||Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.|
|Quote 10978||However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence, there can't be much to it.|
|Quote 11159||Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.|
|Quote 11368||Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.|
|Quote 11383||Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.|
|Quote 11442||Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.|
|Quote 11476||Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition.|
|Quote 11537||How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.|
|Quote 11593||If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
- David Carradine|
|Quote 11688||The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.|
|Quote 11722||Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.|
|Quote 12094||Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.|
|Quote 12319||"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.|
|Quote 12355||Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.|
|Quote 12610||No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.|
|Quote 13033||I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.|
|Quote 13048||He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.|
|Quote 13063||The poet may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.|
|Quote 13134||A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings - about human feelings and frailties.|
|Quote 13274||Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the ...|
|Quote 13402||The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.|
|Quote 13761||To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.|
|Quote 13763||There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.|
|Quote 13800||Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.|
|Quote 13843||Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.|
|Quote 13847||You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.|
|Quote 13868||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 ...|
|Quote 13954||You don't help people in your poems. I've been trying to help people all my life - that's my trouble.|