Topics - Poetry


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