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Poetry Quotes

These Motivational Quotes about Poetry are dedicated to your career and personal success in life.

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Youth, large, lusty, loving -
Youth, full of grace, force, fascination.
Do you know that Old Age may come after you
with equal grace, force, fascination?
- Walt Whitman

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

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

 

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
- Plato

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

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


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

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

A poet's autobiography is his poetry.
Anything else is just a footnote.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and
the thought has found words.
- Robert Frost

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

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

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

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.
- William Hazlitt

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
- Carl Sandburg

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

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

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

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
- Rita Dove

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

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

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

There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money,
either.
- Robert Graves

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

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.
- Thomas Gray

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 what gets lost in translation.
- Robert Frost

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

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

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
- John Cage

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

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
- Oscar Wilde

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
- Novalis

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

Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
- Muriel Rukeyser

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

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- Wallace Stevens

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

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

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence,
there can't be much to it.
- James Schuyler

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
- David Carradine

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
- Jean Cocteau

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
- Andre Gide

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

Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.
- Mark Strand

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

I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.
- Carol Ann Duffy

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

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

To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes;
to hear it is to see it with our ears.
- Octavio Paz

The River of Life flows without emotion.
The River surges. The River quiets.
The River overflows its banks. The River dries to a trickle.
The River swirls and storms. The River becomes calm.
The River runs clear. The River runs dark with silt.
The River is indifferent to what benefit
or what harm is caused by its water.
The River is the River, and that is all there is to it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The poet doesn't invent.
He listens.
- Jean Cocteau

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

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

A poem is true if it hangs together.
Information points to something else.
A poem points to nothing but itself.
- E. M. Forster

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

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

The novel is born of disillusionment;
the poem,
of despair.
- Jose Bergamin

You don't help people in your poems.
I've been trying to help people all my life -
that's my trouble.
- Charles Olson

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

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

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

To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
- Walt Whitman

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
- Oscar Wilde

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

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


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