149 Total Quotes

Poetry Quotes

Carl Sandburg
I've written some poetry I don't understand myself.
Carl Sandburg
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William Butler Yeats
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
William Butler Yeats
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Samuel Coleridge,
I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; poetry = the best words in the best order
Samuel Coleridge,
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John Keats
Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.
John Keats
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I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat
Alfred Housman
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John Ashbery
I don't look on poetry as closed works. I feel they're going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length.
John Ashbery
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John Ruskin
The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
John Ruskin
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Allen Ginsberg
I have a new method of poetry. All you got to do is look over your notebooks... And think of anything that comes into your head, especially the miseries... Then arrange in lines of two, three or four words each, don't bother about sentences ...
Allen Ginsberg
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Paul Auster
I was always interested in French poetry sort of as a sideline to my own work, I was translating contemporary French poets. That kind of spilled out into translation as a way to earn money, pay for food and put bread on the table.
Paul Auster
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I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it.
Marianne Moore
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Plato
The productions of all arts are kinds of poetry and their craftsmen are all poets.
Plato
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Robert Frost
I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.
Robert Frost
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Robert Frost
Writing a poem is discovering
Robert Frost
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I'm a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can't and then tries the short story which is the most demanding form after poetry. And failing at that, only then does he take up novel writing.
William Faulkner
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Lapped in poetry, wrapped in the picturesque, armed with logical sentences and inalienable words.
Anatole Broyard
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Thomas Gray
Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.
Thomas Gray
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Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive and widely effective mode of saying things, and hence their importance.
George Arnold
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John Donne
I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so.
John Donne
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I have nothing to say And I am saying it And that is poetry
John Cage
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Matthew Arnold
Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things
Matthew Arnold
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H. Auden
Poetry makes nothing happen. It survives in the valley of its saying.
H. Auden
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Poetry-writing is a way to relieve stress.
Scott Gillespie
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Seamus Heaney
In fact, in lyric poetry, truthfulness becomes recognizable as a ring of truth within the medium itself.
Seamus Heaney
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Seamus Heaney
I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible.
Seamus Heaney
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George Sand
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
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Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry
Georges Braque
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The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry
French Proverb
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Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.
George Farquhar
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Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science.
Georges Seurat
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Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know.
Joseph Roux
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