Quotations that match 'poetry'.

We recognise in the finished art, which is the result of these conditions, the best words in the best order - poetry; and to put this essential poetry into different classes is impossible. John Drinkwater
[ Art Best Classes Conditions Different Essential Finished Impossible Into Order Poetry Put Recognise Result These Which Words]
For me concrete poetry was a particular way of using language which came out of a particular feeling, and I don't have control over whether this feeling is in me or not. Ian Hamilton Finlay
[ Came Concrete Control Feeling Language Out Over Particular Poetry Using Way Whether Which]
Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch's brew. Anthony Hecht
[ Dark Formulae Full Hidden Hints Operates Poetry Secrets Suggestions Witch]
Poetry is not only a set of words which are chosen to relate to each other; it is something which goes much further than that to provide a glimpse of our vision of the world. Tahar Ben Jelloun
[ Chosen Each Further Glimpse Goes Much Only Other Our Poetry Provide Relate Set Something Than Vision Which Words World]
I gave up on new poetry myself 30 years ago when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens in a hostile world. Russell Baker
[ Ago Aliens Began Between Coded Gave Hostile Lonely Messages Most Myself New Passing Poetry Read Up World Years]
Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry; on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose. Walter Savage Landor
[ Bear Certain Deal Great Hand Moderate Occasions Other Poetry Prose Sinks Under Weight]
Poetry is, first and last, language - the rest is filler. Mark Strand
[ Filler First Language Last Poetry Rest]
Well - I started writing - probably in the early 60s and by say '65-'66 I had read most of the poetry that had been published - certainly in the 20 years prior to that. Robert Adamson
[ Been Certainly Early Had Most Poetry Prior Probably Published Read Say Started Well Writing Years]
One difference between poetry and lyrics is that lyrics sort of fade into the background. They fade on the page and live on the stage when set to music. Stephen Sondheim
[ Background Between Difference Fade Into Live Lyrics Music Page Poetry Set Sort Stage]
Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry. Jean-Paul Sartre
[ Age Choose Circumstances Class Creating Every Expressed History Nation Only Own Poetry Race Situations Take Through Torch Transcended Up]
I love to compare different time frames. Poetry can evoke the time of the subject. By a very careful choice of words you can evoke an era, completely throw the poem into a different time scale. Robert Morgan
[ Careful Choice Compare Completely Different Era Evoke Frames Into Love Poem Poetry Scale Subject Throw Time Very Words]
Such discussions help us very little to enjoy what has been well done in art or poetry, to discriminate between what is more and what is less excellent in them, or to use words like beauty, excellence, art, poetry, with a more precise meaning than they would otherwise have. Walter Pater
[ Art Beauty Been Between Discriminate Discussions Done Enjoy Excellence Excellent Help Less Little Meaning More Otherwise Poetry Precise Such Than Them Us Use Very Well Words Would]
The subject of Finnish poetry ought to have a special interest for the Japanese student, if only for the reason that Finnish poetry comes more closely in many respects to Japanese poetry than any other form of Western poetry. Lafcadio Hearn
[ Any Closely Comes Finnish Form Interest Japanese Many More Only Other Ought Poetry Reason Respects Special Student Subject Than Western]
Literature is a state of culture, poetry is a state of grace, before and after culture. Juan Ramon Jimenez
[ After Before Culture Grace Literature Poetry State]
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 Poetry
[ Almost Draw Even Extinguish May Meaning Out Perfect Pleasure Poetry Sometimes Understanding Usually Will]
The fact that something is in a rhymed form or in blank verse will not make it good poetry. Robert Morgan
[ Blank Fact Form Good Make Poetry Something Verse Will]
I want a fever, in poetry: a fever, and tranquillity. James Dickey
[ Fever Poetry Tranquillity Want]
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
[ Course Emotion Emotions Escape Expression Know Loose Means Only Personality Poetry These Things Those Turning Want]
I was one of those dark, quiet kids that wrote poetry. Rick Springfield
[ Dark Kids Poetry Quiet Those Wrote]
Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry. Charles Baudelaire Poetry
[ Any Days Food Go Healthy Man Poetry Two Without]
Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness. Nathaniel Hawthorne
[ Actually Artist Cannot Deal Expressed Find Great Highest Look Merit More Nobody Ought Pictures Poet Poetry Read Statues Than Their Them Think]
That poetry survived in its formal agencies finally, and that prose survived to get something said. Robert Creeley
[ Agencies Finally Formal Get Poetry Prose Said Something Survived]
Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private. Allen Ginsberg
[ Human Known Mind Original Outlet Place Poetry Private Public Say Speak Their Where]
When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought, you can't teach poetry. This is ridiculous. Norman MacCaig
[ Asked Edinburgh Poetry Residence Ridiculous Teach Thought Writer]
I didn't want to deal in poetry. I got rid of that after a few months. Tom Wesselmann
[ After Deal Few Got Months Poetry Rid Want]
Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it. Percy Bysshe Shelley
[ Consumes Contain Ever Lightning Poetry Sword Which Would]
Poetry has done enough when it charms, but prose must also convince. H. L. Mencken
[ Also Charms Convince Done Enough Must Poetry Prose]
The cliche is dead poetry. Gerald Brenan
[ Cliche Dead Poetry]
That is to say, epic poetry has been invented many times and independently; but, as the needs which prompted the invention have been broadly similar, so the invention itself has been. Lascelles Abercrombie
[ Been Broadly Epic Independently Invented Invention Itself Many Needs Poetry Prompted Say Similar Times Which]
Music has a poetry of its own, and that poetry is called melody. Joshua Logan
[ Called Melody Music Own Poetry]
That's the way it is with poetry: When it is incomprehensible it seems profound, and when you understand it, it is only ridiculous. Galway Kinnell
[ Incomprehensible Only Poetry Profound Ridiculous Seems Understand Way]
It is the timber of poetry that wears most surely, and there is no timber that has not strong roots among the clay and worms. John Synge
[ Among Clay Most Poetry Roots Strong Surely Timber Wears Worms]
My favorite subject probably was math. I love math. Figures just intrigue me. I was really good at math. English probably was my worst subject. But I used to write a lot of poetry. I used to write poetry all the time. Herschel Walker
[ English Favorite Figures Good Intrigue Just Lot Love Math Poetry Probably Really Subject Time Used Worst Write]
Art works because it appeals to certain faculties of the mind. Music depends on details of the auditory system, painting and sculpture on the visual system. Poetry and literature depend on language. Steven Pinker
[ Appeals Art Auditory Because Certain Depend Depends Details Faculties Language Literature Mind Music Painting Poetry Sculpture System Visual Works]
An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence. Raymond Chandler
[ Age Any Cleverness Decadence Except Incapable Kind Literature Poetry Which]
Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative writing programs or in English departments. Mark Strand
[ Creative Departments English Happens Poetry Programs Something Universities Writing]
For whatever reason, people, including very well-educated people or people otherwise interested in reading, do not read poetry. Paul Muldoon
[ Including Interested Otherwise Poetry Read Reading Reason Very Well-Educated Whatever]
There is probably nothing wrong with art for art's sake if we take the phrase seriously, and not take it to mean the kind of poetry written in England forty years ago. Allen Tate
[ Ago Art England Forty Kind Mean Nothing Phrase Poetry Probably Sake Seriously Take Written Wrong Years]
The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart. Ryszard Kapuscinski
[ Also Eastern Heart Learning Literature Poetry Prose Russian Tradition]
Dancing is the poetry of the foot. John Dryden
[ Dancing Foot Poetry]
Theater is far superior to film in poetry, in abstract poetry. Julie Taymor
[ Abstract Far Film Poetry Superior Theater]
We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry. Maria Montessori
[ Beauty Especially Imagination Logic Mathematics Need Nor Poetry Science Somewhat]
Poetry being the sign of that which all men desire, even though the desire be unconscious, intensity of life or completeness of experience, the universality of its appeal is a matter of course. John Drinkwater
[ Appeal Being Completeness Course Desire Even Experience Intensity Life Matter Men Poetry Sign Though Unconscious Universality Which]
Every one who has a heart, however ignorant of architecture he may be, feels the transcendent beauty and poetry of the mediaeval churches. Goldwin Smith
[ Architecture Beauty Churches Every Feels Heart However Ignorant May Poetry Transcendent]
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. Plato Poetry
[ History Nearer Poetry Than Truth Vital]
I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do. David Antin
[ Could Hard Hardly How Imagine Poetry Remember Started Thought Write]
If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act. A. E. Housman
[ Act Ceases Into Line Memory Poetry Razor Skin]
I think that great poetry is the most interesting and complex use of the poet's language at that point in history, and so it's even more exciting when you read a poet like Yeats, almost 100 years old now, and you think that perhaps no one can really top that. Diane Wakoski
[ Almost Complex Even Exciting Great History Interesting Language More Most Now Old Perhaps Poet Poetry Point Read Really Think Top Use Years Yeats]
On the other hand, if there's an underlying core of poetry that I go to, I go to the sea. I've lived on the sea all my life. I live on the sea in Cape Breton. Richard Serra
[ Breton Cape Core Go Hand Life Live Lived Other Poetry Sea Underlying]
All the modern verse plays, they're terrible; they're mostly about the poetry. It's more important that the play is first. Denis Johnson
[ First Important Modern More Mostly Play Plays Poetry Terrible Verse]
I don't like political poetry, and I don't write it. If this question was pointing towards that, I think it is missing the point of the American tradition, which is always apolitical, even when the poetry comes out of politically active writers. Diane Wakoski
[ Active Always American Apolitical Comes Even Missing Out Poetry Point Pointing Political Politically Question Think Towards Tradition Which Write Writers]
There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry. Emily Dickinson
[ Any Away Book Lands Nor Page Poetry Prancing Take Us]
The higher Greek poetry did not make up fictitious plots; its business was to express the heroic saga, the myths. Gilbert Murray
[ Business Did Express Fictitious Greek Heroic Higher Make Myths Plots Poetry Saga Up]
Manifesting that order of poetry where we can at last grow up to that which we stored up as we grew. Seamus Heaney
[ Grew Grow Last Manifesting Order Poetry Stored Up Where Which]
Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare - and precious as a pearl. Tahar Ben Jelloun
[ Extremely Friendship Pearl Poetry Precious Rare Real]
Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth. June Jordan
[ Act Because Involves Poetry Political Telling Truth]
Poetry consists in a rhyming dictionary and things seen. Gertrude Stein
[ Consists Dictionary Poetry Rhyming Seen Things]
Traditional matter must be glorified, since it would be easier to listen to the re-creation of familiar stories than to quite new and unexpected things; the listeners, we must remember, needed poetry chiefly as the re-creation of tired hours. Lascelles Abercrombie
[ Chiefly Easier Familiar Glorified Hours Listen Listeners Matter Must Needed New Poetry Quite Remember Since Stories Than Things Tired Traditional Unexpected Would]
Among the American contemporaries I read with most enjoyment are several North Carolinians. I think the best poetry being written these days is being written by Southerners. Robert Morgan
[ American Among Being Best Contemporaries Days Enjoyment Most North Poetry Read Several Southerners These Think Written]
I was excited by what my painter friends were doing, and they seemed to be interested in our poetry too, and that was a wonderful little, fizzy sort of world. Kenneth Koch
[ Doing Excited Friends Interested Little Our Painter Poetry Seemed Sort Too Were Wonderful World]
For me, poetry is a situation - a state of being, a way of facing life and facing history. Tahar Ben Jelloun
[ Being Facing History Life Poetry Situation State Way]
But at the beginning it was clear to me that concrete poetry was peculiarly suited for using in public settings. This was my idea, but of course I never really much got the chance to do it. Ian Hamilton Finlay
[ Beginning Chance Clear Concrete Course Got Idea Much Never Peculiarly Poetry Public Really Settings Suited Using]
Poetry asks people to have values, form opinions, care about some other part of experience besides making money and being successful on the job. Toi Derricotte
[ Asks Being Besides Care Experience Form Job Making Money Opinions Other Part Poetry Some Successful Values]
Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd. Thomas Mann
[ Absurd Also Beauty Birth Gives Opposite Original Perilous Perverse Poetry Solitude Unfamiliar Us]
With several different kinds of poetry to choose from, a man would decide that he would like best to be an epic poet, and he would set out, in conscious determination, on an epic poem. Lascelles Abercrombie
[ Best Choose Conscious Decide Determination Different Epic Kinds Man Out Poem Poet Poetry Set Several Would]
In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite. Paul Dirac
[ Before Ever Everyone Exact Knew Opposite Poetry Science Something Such Tell Tries Understood Way]
A very intimate sense of the expressiveness of outward things, which ponders, listens, penetrates, where the earlier, less developed consciousness passed lightly by, is an important element in the general temper of our modern poetry. Walter Pater
[ Consciousness Developed Earlier Element General Important Intimate Less Lightly Listens Modern Our Outward Passed Penetrates Poetry Sense Temper Things Very Where Which]
Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers. Yevgeny Yevtushenko
[ Bird Frontiers Ignores Poetry]
I started off in England and very few people knew I was Australian. I mean, the clues were in the poems, but they didn't read them very carefully, and so for years and years I was considered completely part of the English poetry scene. Peter Porter
[ Australian Carefully Clues Completely Considered England English Few Knew Mean Off Part Poems Poetry Read Scene Started Them Very Were Years]
I have always made my own rules, in poetry as in life - though I have tried of late to cooperate more with my family. I do, however, believe that without order or pattern poetry is useless. Anne Stevenson
[ Always Believe Cooperate Family However Late Life Made More Order Own Pattern Poetry Rules Though Tried Useless Without]
Poetry is so vital to us until school spoils it. Russell Baker
[ Poetry School Spoils Until Us Vital]
However, I learned something. I thought that if the young person, the student, has poetry in him or her, to offer them help is like offering a propeller to a bird. Norman MacCaig
[ Bird Help Her Him However Learned Offer Offering Person Poetry Something Student Them Thought Young]
Who writes poetry imbibes honey from the poisoned lips of life. William R. Benet
[ Honey Life Lips Poetry Poisoned Writes]
The irony is, going to work every day became the subject of probably my best poetry. Philip Levine
[ Became Best Day Every Going Irony Poetry Probably Subject Work]
Poetic talent doesn't operate in a vacuum. There is a spirit of Polish poetry. Wislawa Szymborska
[ Operate Poetic Poetry Polish Spirit Talent Vacuum]
Eloquence is the poetry of prose. William C. Bryant
[ Eloquence Poetry Prose]
But one does not make living writing poetry unless you're a professor, and one frankly doesn't get a lot of girls as a poet. Jeffery Deaver
[ Does Frankly Get Girls Living Lot Make Poet Poetry Professor Unless Writing]
There are better ways we can transform this virulent hatred - by living our ideals, the Peace Corps, exchange students, teachers, exporting our music, poetry, blue jeans. Helen Thomas
[ Better Blue Corps Exchange Exporting Hatred Ideals Jeans Living Music Our Peace Poetry Students Teachers Transform Virulent Ways]
Poetry, it is often said and loudly so, is life's true mirror. But a monkey looking into a work of literature looks in vain for Socrates. Franz Grillparzer
[ Into Life Literature Looking Looks Loudly Mirror Monkey Often Poetry Said Socrates True Vain Work]
I've written for every medium except poetry, at which I suck. J. Michael Straczynski
[ Every Except Medium Poetry Suck Which Written]
The poetry of the earth is never dead. John Keats Nature
[ Dead Earth Never Poetry]
And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there... Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will. Ezra Pound
[ After Beautiful City Cut Down Far Flame Here Into Most New Night Our Poetry Pulled Set Squares Stars Up Urban Will World York]
I don't like poetry that just slaps violent words on a canvas, as it were. Anne Stevenson
[ Canvas Just Poetry Slaps Violent Were Words]
Poetry had far better imply things than preach them directly... in the open pulpit her voice grows hoarse and fails. F. L. Lucas
[ Better Directly Fails Far Grows Had Her Hoarse Imply Open Poetry Preach Pulpit Than Them Things Voice]
Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them. Dennis Gabor Poetry
[ Making Music Plucking Poetry Them]
I'm perfectly happy when I look out at an audience and it's all women. I always think it's kind of odd, but then, more women than men, I think, read and write poetry. Diane Wakoski
[ Always Audience Happy Kind Look Men More Odd Out Perfectly Poetry Read Than Then Think Women Write]
The completely solitary self: that's where poetry comes from, and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are often very intimate also. Seamus Heaney
[ Also Comes Completely Crises Crisis Gets Intimate Isolated Often Poetry Self Solitary Those Very Where]
What actually makes poetry poetry is of course impossible to define. We recognize it when we hear it, when we see it, but we can't define it. Robert Morgan
[ Actually Course Define Hear Impossible Makes Poetry Recognize See]
By the general process of epic poetry, I mean the way this form of art has constantly responded to the profound needs of the society in which it was made. Lascelles Abercrombie
[ Art Constantly Epic Form General Made Mean Needs Poetry Process Profound Responded Society Way Which]
Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words. Vladimir Nabokov
[ Involves Irrational Mysteries Perceived Poetry Rational Through Words]
Whereas with poetry no one has to show anybody really, and you don't have to tell anyone you're doing it. Roger McGough
[ Anybody Anyone Doing Poetry Really Show Tell Whereas]
Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life. William Hazlitt Poetry
[ Life Poetry Remembering Worth]
Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. Thomas Gray Poetry
[ Breathe Burn Poetry Thoughts Words]
Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly. T. S. Eliot
[ Changing Help Language Only Poetry Prevent Rapidly Refine Should Time Too]
It is true that short forms of poetry have been cultivated in the Far East more than in modern Europe; but in all European literature short forms of poetry are to be found - indeed quite as short as anything in Japanese. Lafcadio Hearn
[ Anything Been Cultivated East Europe European Far Forms Found Indeed Japanese Literature Modern More Poetry Quite Short Than True]
The poetry community here has been extraordinarily welcoming. George Murray
[ Been Community Extraordinarily Here Poetry Welcoming]
Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do. Stephen Spender
[ Always Beyond Go Great Poetry Somebody Straining Written]
Science and art, or by the same token, poetry and prose differ from one another like a journey and an excursion. The purpose of the journey is its goal, the purpose of an excursion is the process. Franz Grillparzer
[ Another Art Differ Excursion Goal Journey Poetry Process Prose Purpose Same Science Token]
For awhile after you quit Keats all other poetry seems to be only whistling or humming. F. Scott Fitzgerald
[ After Awhile Humming Keats Only Other Poetry Quit Seems Whistling]
Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature, of character, of the passions and their operations in diversified situations. Horace Walpole
[ Beauties Character Comedy Diversified Even Great Half Imitation Just Nature Nor Operations Passions Plot Poetry Rules Situations Their Tragedy]
Well, I had this little notion - I started writing when I was eleven, writing poetry. I was passionately addicted to it; it was my great refuge through adolescence. Harry Mathews
[ Addicted Adolescence Eleven Great Had Little Notion Passionately Poetry Refuge Started Through Well Writing]
I'm not really quiet or shy. Ask any of my friends! But I always ground my poetry in life itself. Poetry is an art of language, though, so I am always aware of every word's meaning, or multiple meanings. Anne Stevenson
[ Always Am Any Art Ask Aware Every Friends Ground Itself Language Life Meaning Meanings Multiple Poetry Quiet Really Shy Though Word]
People wish to be poets more than they wish to write poetry, and that's a mistake. One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated. Lucille Clifton
[ Celebrate Celebrated Mistake More Poetry Poets Should Than Wish Wishes Write]
I definitely wish to distinguish American poetry from British or other English language poetry. Diane Wakoski
[ American British Definitely Distinguish English Language Other Poetry Wish]
Written poetry is worth reading once, and then should be destroyed. Let the dead poets make way for others. Antonin Artaud
[ Dead Destroyed Make Once Others Poetry Poets Reading Should Then Way Worth Written]
Most people read poetry listening for echoes because the echoes are familiar to them. They wade through it the way a boy wades through water, feeling with his toes for the bottom: The echoes are the bottom. Wallace Stevens
[ Because Bottom Boy Echoes Familiar Feeling His Listening Most Poetry Read Them Through Toes Wade Water Way]
We don't attempt to have any theme for a number of the anthology, or to have any particular sequence. We just put in things that we like, and then we try to alternate the prose and the poetry. James Laughlin
[ Alternate Anthology Any Attempt Just Number Particular Poetry Prose Put Sequence Theme Then Things Try]
Rap is rhythm and poetry. Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well. Ajay Naidu
[ Hip-Hop Poetry Rap Rhythm Storytelling Well]
What is poetry which does not save nations or people? Czeslaw Milosz
[ Does Nations Poetry Save Which]
If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance can heighten its value as poetry. John Drinkwater
[ Circumstance External Heighten Imperfect Poetry Value Word]
The office of poetry is not to make us think accurately, but feel truly. Frederick William Robertson
[ Accurately Feel Make Office Poetry Think Truly Us]
Besides the actual reading in class of many poems, I would suggest you do two things: first, while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it, teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition. A. R. Ammons
[ Actual Besides Class Differs Discourse Everything Exposition First Free Keeping Logical Many Mode Poems Poetry Reading Suggest Teach Teaching Things Two While Would]
The great function of poetry is to give back to us the situations of our dreams. Gaston Bachelard
[ Back Dreams Function Give Great Our Poetry Situations Us]
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
[ Closing Door During Guess Leaving Look Moment Opening Poetry Seen Those Through]
Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things. Matthew Arnold
[ Beautiful Effective Impressive Mode Most Poetry Saying Simply Things Widely]
You have to really dive deep back into yourself and get rid of so much modern analytical categorization. It's one of the great things poetry does. Robert Morgan
[ Analytical Back Deep Dive Does Get Great Into Modern Much Poetry Really Rid Things Yourself]
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
[ Absolutely Beauty Eyes Fear Five Going Hours Jail Mind Poetry Six Their Worth]
The other side of it is that, despite all that, people reach out to poetry at the key moments in their lives. Paul Muldoon
[ Despite Key Lives Moments Other Out Poetry Reach Side Their]
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
[ Closed Feel Going Head Length Look Occasionally Off Poetry Time Works]
The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That's what poetry does. Allen Ginsberg
[ Awareness Does Only Poetry Save Thing World]
There's not a good poet I know who has not at the beck and call of his memory a vast quantity of poetry that composes his mental library. Anthony Hecht
[ Beck Call Composes Good His Know Library Memory Mental Poet Poetry Quantity Vast]
Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else. William Hazlitt
[ Anything Cannot Contempt Else Heart Himself Holds Itself Language Much Nature Poetry Respect Universal Which]
There is also poetry written to be shouted in a square in front of an enthusiastic crowd. This occurs especially in countries where authoritarian regimes are in power. Eugenio Montale
[ Also Authoritarian Countries Crowd Enthusiastic Especially Front Occurs Poetry Power Regimes Shouted Square Where Written]
So, poetry becomes a means for useful dialogue between people who are not only unknown, but mute to each other. It produces a dialogue among people that guards all of us against manipulation by our so-called leaders. June Jordan
[ Against Among Becomes Between Dialogue Each Guards Leaders Manipulation Means Mute Only Other Our Poetry Produces So-Called Unknown Us Useful]
When you're looking that far out, you're giving people their place in the universe, it touches people. Science is often visual, so it doesn't need translation. It's like poetry, it touches you. Story Musgrave
[ Far Giving Looking Need Often Out Place Poetry Science Their Touches Translation Universe Visual]
Poetry, almost by definition, calls attention to its language and form. Robert Morgan
[ Almost Attention Calls Definition Form Language Poetry]
Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish. William Blake
[ Destroyed Fettered Fetters Flourish Human Music Nations Painting Poetry Proportion Race Their]
Poetry is a natural energy resource of our country.It has no energy crisis, possessing a potential that will last as long as the country. Its power is equal to that of any country in the world. Richard Eberhart
[ Any Country Crisis Energy Equal Last Long Natural Our Poetry Possessing Potential Power Resource Will World]
Poetry is what Milton saw when he went blind. Don Marquis
[ Blind Milton Poetry Saw Went]
Well I guess the plan was to write poetry and publish books and make a living from writing poetry. That was a pretty ambitious plan I guess. Robert Adamson
[ Ambitious Books Guess Living Make Plan Poetry Pretty Publish Well Write Writing]
And inasmuch as the bridge is a symbol of all such poetry as I am interested in writing it is my present fancy that a year from now I'll be more contented working in an office than ever before. Hart Crane
[ Am Before Bridge Contented Ever Fancy Inasmuch Interested More Now Office Poetry Present Such Symbol Than Working Writing Year]
It's bad poetry executed by people that can't sing. That's my definition of Rap. Peter Steele
[ Bad Definition Executed Poetry Rap Sing]
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility. William Wordsworth
[ Emotion Feelings Origin Overflow Poetry Powerful Recollected Spontaneous Takes Tranquility]
But poetry is a way of language, it is not its subject or its maker's background or interests or hobbies or fixations. It is nearer to utterance than history. Thomas Lynch
[ Background History Hobbies Interests Language Maker Nearer Poetry Subject Than Utterance Way]
Money is everywhere but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets. Federico Fellini
[ Everywhere Lack Money Poetry Poets]
We read Robert Browning's poetry. Here we needed no guidance from the professor: the poems themselves were enough. Carl Sandburg
[ Browning Enough Guidance Here Needed Poems Poetry Professor Read Robert Themselves Were]
What she did was to open our eyes to details of country life such as teaching us names of wild flowers and getting us to draw and paint and learn poetry. Laurie Lee
[ Country Details Did Draw Eyes Flowers Getting Learn Life Names Open Our Paint Poetry She Such Teaching Us Wild]
Epic poetry exhibits life in some great symbolic attitude. It cannot strictly be said to symbolize life itself, but always some manner of life. Lascelles Abercrombie
[ Always Attitude Cannot Epic Exhibits Great Itself Life Manner Poetry Said Some Strictly Symbolic Symbolize]
I began the way nearly everybody I ever heard of - I began writing poetry. And I find that to be quite usual with writers, their trying their hand at poetry. Shelby Foote
[ Began Ever Everybody Find Hand Heard Nearly Poetry Quite Their Trying Usual Way Writers Writing]
And at least in poetry you should feel free to lie. That is, not to lie, but to imagine what you want, to follow the direction of the poem. Mark Strand
[ Direction Feel Follow Free Imagine Least Lie Poem Poetry Should Want]
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. T. S. Eliot Poetry
[ Before Communicate Genuine Poetry Understood]
Some Marines made fun of the fact that I had done plays and studied poetry, but then I won the award for physical training. David Hunt
[ Award Done Fact Fun Had Made Marines Physical Plays Poetry Some Studied Then Training Won]
It all has to do with art - writing, painting, things I've done for a long time but just never had enough time to pursue. I have poetry - things that are designed for songs, but they're always poems first. Jason Newsted
[ Always Art Designed Done Enough First Had Just Long Never Painting Poems Poetry Pursue Songs Things Time Writing]
Deep feeling doesn't make for good poetry. A way with language would be a bit of help. Thom Gunn
[ Bit Deep Feeling Good Help Language Make Poetry Way Would]
Poetry is also the physical self of the poet, and it is impossible to separate the poet from his poetry. Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Also His Impossible Physical Poet Poetry Self Separate]
There are distinct duties of a poet laureate. I plan a reading series at the Library of Congress and advise the librarian. The rest is how I want to promote poetry. Rita Dove
[ Advise Congress Distinct Duties How Laureate Librarian Library Plan Poet Poetry Promote Reading Rest Series Want]
Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart. Andres Segovia
[ Against Body Chest Forward Guitar Heart Lean Music Poetry Should Slightly Support Your]
Once every five hundred years or so, a summary statement about poetry comes along that we can't imagine ourselves living without. A. R. Ammons
[ Along Comes Every Five Hundred Imagine Living Once Ourselves Poetry Statement Summary Without Years]
Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place. Charles Baudelaire
[ Ambitious Another Give Hate Hatred Instinctive Meet Men Place Poetry Progress Road Same Them Two Upon]
Those who have never entered upon scientific pursuits know not a tithe of the poetry by which they are surrounded. Herbert Spencer
[ Entered Know Never Poetry Pursuits Scientific Surrounded Those Upon Which]
Nothing truly convincing - which would possess thoroughness, vigor, and skill - has been written against the ancients as yet; especially not against their poetry. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
[ Against Ancients Been Convincing Especially Nothing Poetry Possess Skill Their Thoroughness Truly Vigor Which Would Written Yet]
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. Oscar Wilde Poetry
[ Bad Feeling Genuine Poetry Springs]
Otherwise I don't read much adult poetry at all, because I'm not smart enough and mostly I don't get it. Jack Prelutsky
[ Adult Because Enough Get Mostly Much Otherwise Poetry Read Smart]
Poetry is the art which is technically within the grasp of everyone: a piece of paper and a pencil and one is ready. Eugenio Montale
[ Art Everyone Grasp Paper Pencil Piece Poetry Ready Technically Which Within]
This proves that great lyric poetry can die, be reborn, die again, but will always remain one of the most outstanding creations of the human soul. Eugenio Montale
[ Again Always Creations Die Great Human Lyric Most Outstanding Poetry Proves Reborn Remain Soul Will]
Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary. Walter Scott
[ Children Grace Hereditary Heroic Lends Makes Mind Opens Poetry Teach Virtues Wisdom]
What does that represent? There was never any question in plastic art, in poetry, in music, of representing anything. It is a matter of making something beautiful, moving, or dramatic - this is by no means the same thing. Fernand Leger
[ Any Anything Art Beautiful Does Dramatic Making Matter Means Moving Music Never Plastic Poetry Question Represent Representing Same Something Thing]
Poetry is composing for the breath. Peter Davison
[ Breath Composing Poetry]
When I was in college, I used to write little ditties and short stories and poetry for my friends. Writing a book is another thing. It is so much different from my traditional day of dirty fingernails and greasy hair and hot pans. Mario Batali
[ Another Book College Day Different Dirty Ditties Fingernails Friends Hair Hot Little Much Poetry Short Stories Thing Traditional Used Write Writing]
With Shakespeare and poetry, a new world was born. New dreams, new desires, a self consciousness was born. I desired to know to know myself in terms of the new standards set by these books. Peter Abrahams
[ Books Born Consciousness Desired Desires Dreams Know Myself New Poetry Self Set Shakespeare Standards Terms These World]
The lines of poetry, the period of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be preeminently musical. William Shenstone
[ Even Felt Frequently Lines Most Musical Period Poetry Preeminently Prose Quoted Recollected Scripture Texts Those Which]
I cannot speak for more than an hour exclusively about poetry. At that point, life itself takes over again. Wislawa Szymborska
[ Again Cannot Exclusively Hour Itself Life More Over Poetry Point Speak Takes Than]
If you want to see mankind fully, look at a family. Within the family minds become organically one, and for this reason the family is total poetry. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
[ Become Family Fully Look Mankind Minds Organically Poetry Reason See Total Want Within]
Poetry is its own medium; it's very different than writing prose. Poetry can talk in an imagistic sense, it has particular ways of catching an environment. Story Musgrave
[ Catching Different Environment Medium Own Particular Poetry Prose Sense Talk Than Very Ways Writing]
So I suppose poetry, language, the shaping of it, was and remains for me an effort to make sense out of essentially senseless situations. Thomas Lynch
[ Effort Essentially Language Make Out Poetry Remains Sense Senseless Shaping Situations Suppose]
But poetry is my life. Poetry is what matters to me. Peter Davison
[ Life Matters Poetry]
I'm quite sure that most writers would sustain real poetry if they could, but it takes devotion and talent. Marguerite Young
[ Could Devotion Most Poetry Quite Real Sure Sustain Takes Talent Would Writers]
Poetry is that art which selects and arranges the symbols of thought in such a manner as to excite the imagination the most powerfully and delightfully. William C. Bryant
[ Arranges Art Delightfully Excite Imagination Manner Most Poetry Powerfully Selects Such Symbols Thought Which]
Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends. Virginia Woolf
[ Friends Go Others Poetry Priests Some]
I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of physics and write poetry at the same time. They are in opposition. Paul Dirac
[ Frontiers How Man Opposition Physics Poetry Same See Time Work Write]
Poetry lies its way to the truth. John Ciardi
[ Lies Poetry Truth Way]
The poetry of this one is called philosophical, of that one philological, of a third rhetorical, and so on. Which is then the poetic poetry? Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
[ Called Philosophical Poetic Poetry Rhetorical Then Third Which]
Many attempts have been made by writers on art and poetry to define beauty in the abstract, to express it in the most general terms, to find some universal formula for it. Walter Pater
[ Abstract Art Attempts Beauty Been Define Express Find Formula General Made Many Most Poetry Some Terms Universal Writers]
I think that's what poetry does. It allows people to come together and identify with a common thing that is outside of themselves, but which they identify with from the interior. Diane Wakoski
[ Allows Come Common Does Identify Interior Outside Poetry Themselves Thing Think Together Which]
That sense of a life in natural objects, which in most poetry is but a rhetorical artifice, was, then, in Wordsworth the assertion of what was for him almost literal fact. Walter Pater
[ Almost Artifice Assertion Fact Him Life Literal Most Natural Objects Poetry Rhetorical Sense Then Which Wordsworth]
Lapped in poetry, wrapped in the picturesque, armed with logical sentences and inalienable words. Anatole Broyard
[ Armed Inalienable Logical Picturesque Poetry Sentences Words Wrapped]
Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it. Seamus Heaney
[ Always Mysterious Poetry Relationship Slightly Wonder Your]
Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art. Thomas Hardy
[ Acquired Art Come Emotion Into Measure Must Nature Poetry Put]
I do not go in search of poetry. I wait for poetry to visit me. Eugenio Montale
[ Go Poetry Search Visit Wait]
Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases. William Shenstone
[ Consumption Diseases Flattering Most Poetry]
They need to learn poetry. They don't need to learn about poetry. They don't need to be told how to interpret poetry. They don't need to be told how to understand poetry. They need to learn it. Peter Davison
[ How Interpret Learn Need Poetry Told Understand]
Poetry and prayer are very similar. Carol Ann Duffy
[ Poetry Prayer Similar Very]
There is a wonderful Hungarian literature, especially in lyric poetry. Gyorgy Ligeti
[ Especially Hungarian Literature Lyric Poetry Wonderful]
And yet, in a culture like ours, which is given to material comforts, and addicted to forms of entertainment that offer immediate gratification, it is surprising that so much poetry is written. Mark Strand
[ Addicted Comforts Culture Entertainment Forms Given Gratification Immediate Material Much Offer Ours Poetry Surprising Which Written Yet]
Since the printing press came into being, poetry has ceased to be the delight of the whole community of man; it has become the amusement and delight of the few. John Masefield
[ Amusement Become Being Came Ceased Community Delight Few Into Man Poetry Press Printing Since Whole]
I was always making up rhymes. But I never thought that poetry would become my life. Saul Williams
[ Always Become Life Making Never Poetry Rhymes Thought Up Would]
Poetry is the mother-tongue of the human race. Johann G. Hamann
[ Human Poetry Race]
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. Emily Dickinson
[ Body Book Cold Ever Fire Know Makes Poetry Read Warm Whole]
It's always good when women win things in fiction because it tends to be more male-dominated, unlike poetry, which is more equal. Carol Ann Duffy
[ Always Because Equal Fiction Good More Poetry Tends Things Unlike Which Win Women]
All poetry has to do is to make a strong communication. All the poet has to do is listen. The poet is not an important fellow. There will also be another poet. Stevie Smith
[ Also Another Communication Fellow Important Listen Make Poet Poetry Strong Will]
Poetry: the best words in the best order. Samuel Taylor Coleridge Poetry
[ Best Order Poetry Words]
Anticipating that most poetry will be worse than carrying heavy luggage through O'Hare Airport, the public, to its loss, reads very little of it. Russell Baker
[ Airport Anticipating Carrying Hare Heavy Little Loss Luggage Most Poetry Public Reads Than Through Very Will Worse]
Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance... poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music. Ezra Pound
[ Atrophy Begins Dance Departs Far Gets Music Poetry Too]
One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose. Voltaire Poetry
[ Deny Few Fewer Merit More Persons Poetry Prose Says Than Will Words]
Poetry should be able to reach everybody, and it should be able to appeal to all levels of understanding. Peter Davison
[ Able Appeal Everybody Levels Poetry Reach Should Understanding]
I want to branch out. I want to write. I write poetry. I want to see my children grow up well. Annie Lennox
[ Branch Children Grow Out Poetry See Up Want Well Write]
Music is more emotional than prose, more revolutionary than poetry. I'm not saying I've got the answers, just a of questions that I don't hear other artists asking. Malcolm Wilson
[ Answers Artists Asking Emotional Got Hear Just More Music Other Poetry Prose Questions Revolutionary Saying Than]
Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words. Tahar Ben Jelloun
[ Form Highly Mathematics Poetry Relationship Rigorous Words]
Most people can't tell now who wrote what. I like that blurring of identities within the band. because it becomes a unified thing that can't be related to other forms of historical poetry. Thurston Moore
[ Band Because Becomes Forms Historical Identities Most Now Other Poetry Related Tell Thing Unified Within Wrote]
I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry. Randall Jarrell
[ Any Culture Definition Intellectuals Modern Nine-Tenths Our Poetry Possible Read Think Which]
We are looking to brands for poetry and for spirituality, because we're not getting those things from our communities or from each other. Naomi Klein
[ Because Brands Communities Each Getting Looking Other Our Poetry Spirituality Things Those]
She was the Judy Garland of American poetry. James Dickey
[ American Garland Judy Poetry She]
I have always written poetry but I have never applied it to songwriting. Janine Turner
[ Always Applied Never Poetry Songwriting Written]
Write verse, not poetry. The public wants verse. If you have a talent for poetry, then don't by any means mother it, but try your hand at verse. Robert W. Service
[ Any Hand Means Mother Poetry Public Talent Then Try Verse Wants Write Your]
But it is the province of religion, of philosophy, of pure poetry only, to go beyond life, beyond time, into eternity. Alfred de Vigny
[ Beyond Eternity Go Into Life Only Philosophy Poetry Province Pure Religion Time]
It's just poetry, beauty and love. How hard can that be to act? Robin Wright Penn
[ Act Beauty Hard How Just Love Poetry]
I despair of ever writing excellent poetry. Isaac Rosenberg
[ Despair Ever Excellent Poetry Writing]
Marriage - a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose. Beverley Nichols Marriage
[ Book Chapter Chapters First Marriage Poetry Prose Remaining Which Written]
My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday, so I said I wanted to read poetry with her. Guy Johnson Birthday
[ Asked Birthday Her Mother Poetry Read Said Wanted]
I want to promote poetry to the point where you got all the baldhead kids running around doing poetry, getting the music out of the way and having only words, the spoken word, and then see what happens. Russell Simmons
[ Around Doing Getting Got Happens Having Kids Music Only Out Poetry Point Promote Running See Spoken Then Want Way Where Word Words]
I was in Paris at an English-language bookstore. I picked up a volume of Dickinson's poetry. I came back to my hotel, read 2,000 of her poems and immediately began composing in my head. I wrote down the melodies even before I got to a piano. Gordon Getty
[ Back Before Began Bookstore Came Composing Down Even Got Head Her Hotel Immediately Melodies Paris Piano Picked Poems Poetry Read Up Volume Wrote]
I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything. Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants. Howard Nemerov
[ Accomplished Anything Happen Makes Never Poem Poet Poetry Political Rarely Read Things Wants]
The crown of literature is poetry. W. Somerset Maugham
[ Crown Literature Poetry]
In politics, as in poetry, it is sometimes true that it is darkest before dawn. Larry Summers
[ Before Darkest Dawn Poetry Politics Sometimes True]
That is what I did with Jack, and that's why he liked to do the readings with me because he knew I was there for him, and for our ability to blend the poetry and the music. David Amram
[ Ability Because Blend Did Him Jack Knew Liked Music Our Poetry Readings Why]
For my part, if I consider poetry as an object, I maintain that it is born of the necessity of adding a vocal sound (speech) to the hammering of the first tribal music. Eugenio Montale
[ Adding Born Consider First Hammering Maintain Music Necessity Object Part Poetry Sound Speech Tribal Vocal]
There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either. Robert Graves Poetry
[ Either Money Poetry Then]
Poetry is an art, the easiest to dabble in, but the hardest to reach true excellence. J. G. Stedman
[ Art Dabble Easiest Excellence Hardest Poetry Reach True]
Poetry is a mixture of common sense, which not all have, with an uncommon sense, which very few have. John Masefield
[ Common Few Mixture Poetry Sense Uncommon Very Which]
There have been two popular subjects for poetry in the last few decades: the Vietnam War and AIDS, about both of which almost all of us have felt deeply. Thom Gunn
[ Aids Almost Been Both Decades Deeply Felt Few Last Poetry Popular Subjects Two Us Vietnam War Which]
All good poetry is forged slowly and patiently, link by link, with sweat and blood and tears. Alfred Douglas
[ Blood Forged Good Link Patiently Poetry Slowly Sweat Tears]
I found that it wasn't so oddball to like music and poetry and visual arts, they're kindred spirits. J. Carter Brown
[ Arts Found Kindred Music Oddball Poetry Spirits Visual]
Because people are very interested in my poetry, in what I say. Compay Segundo
[ Because Interested Poetry Say Very]
While I've had a great distaste for what's usually called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music, I really don't think of speech as so far from song. David Antin
[ Called Distaste Far Great Had Modern Music Poetry Really Song Speech Think Usually While]
Poetry proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together. Jacques Maritain
[ Blood Desire Imagination Instinct Intellect Love Man Poetry Proceeds Sense Spirit Together Totality]
As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug's game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing. T. S. Eliot
[ Always Career Ever Feel Fundamentally Game His Honest Life May Messed Mug Must Nothing Permanent Poet Poetry Quite Sure Things Time Up Value Wasted Written]
Every so often I find some poems that are too good for the readers of The Atlantic because they are a little too involved with the nature of poetry, as such. Peter Davison
[ Atlantic Because Every Find Good Involved Little Nature Often Poems Poetry Readers Some Such Too]
If a poem is not memorable, there's probably something wrong. One of the problems of free verse is that much of the free verse poetry is not memorable. Robert Morgan
[ Free Memorable Much Poem Poetry Probably Problems Something Verse Wrong]
He fertilizes a phrase or a line of poetry for weeks and then gives birth to it in a speech. John Colville
[ Birth Fertilizes Gives Line Phrase Poetry Speech Then Weeks]
The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs. Charles Baudelaire
[ Additional Arms Being Dance Dancing Everything Hidden Human Legs Merit Music Mysterious Palpable Poetry Reveal]
I love painting and music, of course. I don't know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry. I've certainly been influenced by fiction. I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it, and I didn't read it until I was in my late 20s. Kenneth Koch
[ Been Certainly Course Fiction Influenced Know Late Love Much Music Nearly Overwhelmed Painting Peace Poetry Read Them Until War]
I think I'm a very good reader of poetry, but obviously, like everybody, I have a set of criteria for reading poems, and I'm not shy about presenting them, so if people ask for my critical response to a poem, I tell them what works and why, and what doesn't work and why. Diane Wakoski
[ Ask Criteria Critical Everybody Good Obviously Poem Poems Poetry Presenting Reader Reading Response Set Shy Tell Them Think Very Why Work Works]
I write poetry in order to live more fully. Judith Rodriguez
[ Fully Live More Order Poetry Write]
I was influenced by surrealist poetry and painting as were thousands of other people, and it seems to me to have become a part of the way I write, but it's not. Kenneth Koch
[ Become Influenced Other Painting Part Poetry Seems Surrealist Thousands Way Were Write]
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 Taylor Coleridge
[ Best Clever Definitions Homely Order Our Poetry Poets Prose Remember Their Wish Words Would Young]
A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress. Lord Byron
[ Architecture Dress Eighty Hundred Man New Outlived Painting Poetry Probably Schools Three Two]
Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven! Lord Byron
[ Heaven Poetry Stars Which Ye]
Poetry is life distilled. Gwendolyn Brooks
[ Distilled Life Poetry]
No art form points like poetry to this originality of language as to its essential and abiding concern. Thomas Harrison
[ Abiding Art Concern Essential Form Language Originality Poetry Points]
Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony. Horace Walpole
[ Art Beautiful Exchanging Harmony Laborious Plain Poetry Prose Sense Way]
I've done a number of readings at poetry lounges in Vancouver and Los Angeles. I've compiled a book of poetry that's completed, and two others I'm working on. Corin Nemec
[ Angeles Book Compiled Completed Done Los Number Others Poetry Readings Two Vancouver Working]
France is not poetic; she even feels, in fact, a congenital horror of poetry. Among the writers who use verse, those whom she will always prefer are the most prosaic. Charles Baudelaire
[ Always Among Even Fact Feels France Horror Most Poetic Poetry Prefer She Those Use Verse Whom Will Writers]
For me, prose walks, poetry dances. James Broughton
[ Dances Poetry Prose Walks]
Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. Robert Frost
[ Life Poetry Taking Throat Way]
The sort of poetry I seek resides in objects man can't touch. E. M. Forster
[ Man Objects Poetry Resides Seek Sort Touch]
And the second question, can poetry be taught? I didn't think so. Norman MacCaig
[ Poetry Question Second Taught Think]
Prior to Wordsworth, humor was an essential part of poetry. I mean, they don't call them Shakespeare comedies for nothing. William Collins
[ Call Comedies Essential Humor Mean Nothing Part Poetry Prior Shakespeare Them Wordsworth]
Women who are inclined to write poetry at all are inspired by being mad at something. Amy Clampitt
[ Being Inclined Inspired Mad Poetry Something Women Write]
Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance. John Keats
[ Almost Appear Excess Fine Highest His Own Poetry Reader Remembrance Should Singularity Strike Surprise Thoughts Wording]
I knew what book we had to write, it was clear in my head; it was journals and poetry. So I passed on their offer. I told my agent this is our vision, and no one's done it this way. Kenny Loggins
[ Agent Book Clear Done Had Head Journals Knew Offer Our Passed Poetry Their Told Vision Way Write]
Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science. Georges Seurat
[ Only Paintings Poetry Say Science See Some]
Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry. Virginia Woolf
[ Best Delicious Full Most Poetry Prose True Which Yet]
Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance. Robert Frost
[ Grief Grievance Poetry Politics]
There is little premium in poetry in a world that thinks of Pound and Whitman as a weight and a sampler, not an Ezra, a Walt, a thing of beauty, a joy forever. Anna Quindlen
[ Beauty Forever Joy Little Poetry Pound Premium Thing Thinks Walt Weight Whitman World]
A group of us started a community center in Santa Monica. We've tried different programs, and three have worked really well. A poetry group. Once a week we visit Venice High and talk to girls at risk. Lisa Bonet
[ Center Community Different Girls Group High Monica Once Poetry Programs Really Risk Santa Started Talk Three Tried Us Venice Visit Week Well Worked]
On July 26, 1916, I announced to all my friends in America that from now on I resolved to write no more poems in the classical language, and to begin my experiments in writing poetry in the so-called vulgar tongue of the people. Hu Shih
[ America Announced Begin Classical Experiments Friends July Language More Now Poems Poetry Resolved So-Called Tongue Vulgar Write Writing]
My next project is to get back to that. Actually, to learn how to write poetry. I'm not kidding. Harry Mathews
[ Actually Back Get How Kidding Learn Next Poetry Project Write]
From what the moderns want, we must learn what poetry should become; from what the ancients did, what poetry must be. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
[ Ancients Become Did Learn Moderns Must Poetry Should Want]
The business of the poet is not to find new emotions, but to use the ordinary ones and, in working them up into poetry, to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all. T. S. Eliot
[ Actual Business Emotions Express Feelings Find Into New Ones Ordinary Poet Poetry Them Up Use Which Working]
If food is poetry, is not poetry also food? Joyce Carol Oates
[ Also Food Poetry]
Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. Jorge Luis Borges
[ Art Before Oral Poetry Remembers Written]
Gil Thorpe is a great diversion and is to book writing as poetry is to prose. Jerry B. Jenkins
[ Book Diversion Great Poetry Prose Thorpe Writing]
If I do a poetry reading I want people to walk out and say they feel better for having been there - not because you've done a comedy performance but because you're talking about your father dying or having young children, things that touch your soul. Roger McGough
[ Because Been Better Children Comedy Done Dying Father Feel Having Out Performance Poetry Reading Say Soul Talking Things Touch Walk Want Young Your]
A lot happens by accident in poetry. Howard Nemerov
[ Accident Happens Lot Poetry]
There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army. John Ashbery
[ Army Confuse Improve Life Poetry Salvation Should Think View Your]
But I am not political in the current events sense, and I have never wanted anyone to read my poetry that way. Diane Wakoski
[ Am Anyone Current Events Never Poetry Political Read Sense Wanted Way]
And my father was a comic. He could play any musical instrument. He loved to perform. He was a wonderfully comedic character. He had the ability to dance and sing and charm and analyze poetry. Lynn Johnston
[ Ability Analyze Any Character Charm Comedic Comic Could Dance Father Had Instrument Loved Musical Perform Play Poetry Sing Wonderfully]
Conversation may be compared to a lyre with seven chords - philosophy, art, poetry, love, scandal, and the weather. Anna Jameson
[ Art Chords Compared Conversation Love May Philosophy Poetry Scandal Seven Weather]
The poetry that sustains me is when I feel that, for a minute, the clouds have parted and I've seen ecstasy or something. Rita Dove
[ Clouds Ecstasy Feel Minute Parted Poetry Seen Something Sustains]
When I was writing pretty poor poetry, this girl with midnight black hair told me to go on. Carl Sandburg
[ Black Girl Go Hair Midnight Poetry Poor Pretty Told Writing]
Poetry has the virtue of being able to say twice as much as prose in half the time, and the drawback, if you do not give it your full attention, of seeming to say half as much in twice the time. Christopher Fry
[ Able Attention Being Drawback Full Give Half Much Poetry Prose Say Seeming Time Twice Virtue Your]
Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words. Archibald MacLeish
[ Cares Conventional Either Football Life Man Meet Notwithstanding Poetry Reason Should Two Weight Why Wisdom Words]
I want people to bow as they see me and say he is gifted with poetry, he has seen the presence of the creator. Allen Ginsberg
[ Bow Creator Gifted Poetry Presence Say See Seen Want]
Poetry is the impish attempt to paint the color of the wind. Maxwell Bodenheim
[ Attempt Color Paint Poetry Wind]
I would say that American poetry has always been a poetry of personal testimony. Mark Strand
[ Always American Been Personal Poetry Say Testimony Would]
I come here to speak poetry. It will always be in the grass. It will also be necessary to bend down to hear it. It will always be too simple to be discussed in assemblies. Boris Pasternak
[ Also Always Assemblies Bend Come Discussed Down Grass Hear Here Necessary Poetry Simple Speak Too Will]
I use rock and jazz and blues rhythms because I love that music. I hope my poetry has a relationship with good-time rock'n roll. Adrian Mitchell
[ Because Blues Hope Jazz Love Music Poetry Relationship Rhythms Rock Roll Use]
There are so many things that poetry is about, one of which is memory. Peter Davison
[ Many Memory Poetry Things Which]
I don't know a better preparation for life than a love of poetry and a good digestion. Zona Gale
[ Better Digestion Good Know Life Love Poetry Preparation Than]
Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry. Anne Stevenson
[ Criticism Get Ignore Making Most Poetry Poets Should]
Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth - the true poet is very near the oracle. Edwin Hubbel Chapin
[ Deep Near Oracle Poet Poetry True Truth Utterance Very]
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
[ Amaze Does Enters Great Into Itself Poetry Should Soul Startle Subject Thing Which]
Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity. Walter Mosley
[ Metaphor Music Poetry Specificity Teaches Us]
We all need ways to express ourselves, and poetry is one of mine. Jack Prelutsky
[ Express Mine Need Ourselves Poetry Ways]
Well, probably I was fed up with concrete poetry. There was a lot of bad concrete poetry and besides, it was confused with visual poetry which was completely different. Ian Hamilton Finlay
[ Bad Besides Completely Concrete Confused Different Fed Lot Poetry Probably Up Visual Well Which]
I think that the job of poetry, its political job, is to refresh the idea of justice, which is going dead in us all the time. Robert Hass
[ Dead Going Idea Job Justice Poetry Political Refresh Think Time Us Which]
In rap music, even though the element of poetry is very strong, so is the element of the drum, the implication of the dance. Without the beat, its commercial value would certainly be more tenuous. Archie Shepp
[ Beat Certainly Commercial Dance Drum Element Even Implication More Music Poetry Rap Strong Tenuous Though Value Very Without Would]
The urge to write poetry is like having an itch. When the itch becomes annoying enough, you scratch it. Robert Penn Warren
[ Annoying Becomes Enough Having Itch Poetry Scratch Urge Write]
There is an urgent need for Americans to look deeply into themselves and their actions, and musical poetry is perhaps the most effective mirror available. Every newspaper headline is a potential song. Phil Ochs
[ Actions Americans Available Deeply Effective Every Headline Into Look Mirror Most Musical Need Newspaper Perhaps Poetry Potential Song Their Themselves Urgent]
If we ask a vague question, such as, 'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer, such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,' or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.' A. R. Ammons
[ Answer Ask Correction Disorder Expect Linguistic Music Poetry Question Such Vague Words]
The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry. Raoul Vaneigem
[ Also Arguing Dancing Drinking Holding Inventing Love Making Mechanized Murdered New Picking Poetry Same Singing Slaughterhouses Slowly Streets Up Weapons Work]
Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves. T. S. Eliot
[ Aware Being Constant Deeper Evasion Feelings Form Little Lives Make May More Mostly Our Ourselves Penetrate Poetry Rarely Time Unnamed Us Which]
Pound's translation of Chinese poetry was maybe the most important thing I read. Eliot a little bit later. Robert Morgan
[ Bit Chinese Eliot Important Later Little Maybe Most Poetry Pound Read Thing Translation]
I never think about poetry except when I'm writing it. I mean my poetry. Norman MacCaig
[ Except Mean Never Poetry Think Writing]
Poetry uses the hub of a torque converter for a jello mold. Diane Glancy
[ Hub Mold Poetry Uses]
The reason can only be this: heroic poetry depends on an heroic age, and an age is heroic because of what it is, not because of what it does. Lascelles Abercrombie
[ Age Because Depends Does Heroic Only Poetry Reason]
Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality. James Joyce
[ Actuality Against Always Apparently Artifice Even Fantastic Most Poetry Revolt Sense]
One can't write for all readers. A poet cannot write for people who don't like poetry. Nathalie Sarraute
[ Cannot Poet Poetry Readers Write]
Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value, though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values. A. R. Ammons
[ Attention Directed Greater Lesser More Often Poetry Probably Results Some Than Though Value Values]
My obsession with time informs my poetry so completely it is hard for me to summarize it. We want time to pass, for new things to happen to us, we want to hold on to certain moments, we don't want our lives to end. John Barton
[ Certain Completely End Happen Hard Hold Informs Lives Moments New Obsession Our Pass Poetry Summarize Things Time Us Want]
At this point we've answered about every question you could possibly imagine about Deep Space Nine, so we do this thing called Theatrical Jazz, where we do a show of bits and pieces of things from plays and literature, poetry... stuff that we like. It's fun. Rene Auberjonois
[ Answered Bits Called Could Deep Every Fun Imagine Jazz Literature Nine Pieces Plays Poetry Point Possibly Question Show Space Stuff Theatrical Thing Things Where]
If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel. Jim Morrison
[ Achieve Aims Anything Deliver Feel Limited Poetry See Ways Which]
I think there's no excuse for the American poetry reader not knowing a good deal about what is going on in the rest of the world. James Laughlin
[ American Deal Excuse Going Good Knowing Poetry Reader Rest Think World]
Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation. Robert Fitzgerald
[ Elegance Least Most Poetry Revelation]
The poetry of a people comes from the deep recesses of the unconscious, the irrational and the collective body of our ancestral memories. Margaret Walker
[ Ancestral Body Collective Comes Deep Irrational Memories Our Poetry Recesses Unconscious]
Rap is poetry set to music. But to me it's like a jackhammer. Bette Midler
[ Music Poetry Rap Set]
The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers. Lewis Thomas Science
[ Along Behaviour Cloning Computer Control Engineering Flowers Genetic Growth Heads Humans Lists Most Plastic Poetry Science Things Transplanted Unrestrained Worry]
When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music. Denis Diderot
[ Age Allowed Dulling Excellence Goodbye Human Music Old Painting Perform Poetry Say Superstition Task Temperament]
A public expectation, it has to be said, not of poetry as such but of political positions variously approvable by mutually disapproving groups. Seamus Heaney
[ Disapproving Expectation Groups Mutually Poetry Political Positions Public Said Such Variously]
I think that is where poetry reading becomes such an individual thing. I mean I have friend who like poets who just don't say anything to me at all, I mean they seem to me rather ordinary and pedestrian. James Laughlin
[ Anything Becomes Friend Individual Just Mean Ordinary Pedestrian Poetry Poets Rather Reading Say Seem Such Thing Think Where]
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. Khalil Gibran Poetry
[ Dash Deal Dictionary Joy Pain Poetry Wonder]
Writing poetry is the hard manual labor of the imagination. Ishmael Reed
[ Hard Imagination Labor Manual Poetry Writing]
I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat. Alfred Edward Housman
[ Could Define More Poetry Rat Than]
Perhaps there is an idea among Japanese students that one general difference between Japanese and Western poetry is that the former cultivates short forms and the latter longer ones, gut this is only in part true. Lafcadio Hearn
[ Among Between Cultivates Difference Former Forms General Gut Idea Japanese Latter Longer Ones Only Part Perhaps Poetry Short Students True Western]
He who has religion will speak poetry. But philosophy is the tool with which to seek and discover religion. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
[ Discover Philosophy Poetry Religion Seek Speak Tool Which Will]
Part of what we love about poetry is the fact that it seems ancient, that it has an authority of ancient language and ancient form, and that it's timeless, that it reaches back. Robert Morgan
[ Ancient Authority Back Fact Form Language Love Part Poetry Reaches Seems Timeless]
Herman has taken to writing poetry. You need not tell anyone, for you know how such things get around. Elizabeth Shaw Melville
[ Anyone Around Get Herman How Know Need Poetry Such Taken Tell Things Writing]
But the gravest difficulty, and perhaps the most important, in poetry meant solely for recitation, is the difficulty of achieving verbal beauty, or rather of making verbal beauty tell. Lascelles Abercrombie
[ Achieving Beauty Difficulty Gravest Important Making Meant Most Perhaps Poetry Rather Recitation Solely Tell Verbal]
I don't think American poetry has gotten any better in the past 35 years. Oddly enough, creative writing programs seem to have been good for fiction, and I would not have predicted that. Robert Morgan
[ American Any Been Better Creative Enough Fiction Good Gotten Oddly Past Poetry Predicted Programs Seem Think Would Writing Years]
Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production. Joseph Brodsky
[ Approach Life Poetry Production Rather Than Things]
Bleak House is just the most astounding piece of work. There's huge, visionary poetry in it. Simon Callow
[ Astounding Bleak House Huge Just Most Piece Poetry Visionary Work]
The young people have MTV and rock and roll. Why would they go to read poetry? Poetry belongs to the Stone Age. It awakens in us perceptions that go back to those times. Robert Morgan
[ Age Awakens Back Belongs Go Mtv Perceptions Poetry Read Rock Roll Stone Those Times Us Why Would Young]
A definition of poetry can only determine what poetry should be and not what poetry actually was and is; otherwise the most concise formula would be: Poetry is that which at some time and some place was thus named. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
[ Actually Concise Definition Determine Formula Most Named Only Otherwise Place Poetry Should Some Thus Time Which Would]
Prose talks and poetry sings. Franz Grillparzer
[ Poetry Prose Sings Talks]
Let me read you some of my poetry. My poetry just takes me to another level. Rick Fox
[ Another Just Level Poetry Read Some Takes]
Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That's how I get my kicks. Edward Koch
[ Art Beautifully Big Canvas Deals Form Get How Kicks Making Other Paint Poetry Preferably Wonderful Write]
Translation is an interestingly different way to be involved both with poetry and with the language that I've found myself living in much of the time. I think the two feed each other. Marilyn Hacker
[ Both Different Each Feed Found Interestingly Involved Language Living Much Myself Other Poetry Think Time Translation Two Way]
Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury, not a necessity like petrol. But to me it's the oil of life. John Betjeman
[ Life Luxury Many Modern Necessity Oil Petrol Poetry Too View World]
If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money. Robert Graves
[ Money Neither Poetry]
A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote. Yevgeny Yevtushenko Poetry
[ Anything Autobiography Else Footnote His Just Poet Poetry]
I've got a book of poetry by the bed, one of these big collections that goes back to the Greeks and Romans. Martin C. Smith
[ Back Bed Big Book Collections Goes Got Greeks Poetry Romans These]
I came to poetry through the urgent need to denounce injustice, exploitation, humiliation. I know that's not enough to change the world. But to remain silent would have been a kind of intolerable complicity. Tahar Ben Jelloun
[ Been Came Change Complicity Denounce Enough Exploitation Humiliation Injustice Intolerable Kind Know Need Poetry Remain Silent Through Urgent World Would]
An experienced reader uses the poem as an agent of inquiry. This makes poetry very exciting, unstable, and interactive. John Barton
[ Agent Exciting Experienced Inquiry Interactive Makes Poem Poetry Reader Unstable Uses Very]
I did know Ted Hughes and I partly wrote the book to explain to myself and others the complexities of a marriage that was for six years wonderfully productive of poetry and then ended in tragedy. Anne Stevenson
[ Book Complexities Did Ended Explain Hughes Know Marriage Myself Others Partly Poetry Productive Six Ted Then Tragedy Wonderfully Wrote Years]
Poetry is the deification of reality. Edith Sitwell
[ Poetry Reality]
I'd always loved poetry and I'd always loved writing music and composing music, but I hadn't thought of putting the two together until around that time. Bruce Cockburn
[ Always Around Composing Hadn Loved Music Poetry Putting Thought Time Together Two Until Writing]
Poetry seems to have been eliminated as a literary genre, and installed instead, as a kind of spiritual aerobic exercise - nobody need read it, but anybody can do it. Marilyn Hacker
[ Aerobic Anybody Been Eliminated Exercise Genre Installed Instead Kind Literary Need Nobody Poetry Read Seems Spiritual]
I will not leave a corner of my consciousness covered up, but saturate myself with the strange and extraordinary new conditions of this life, and it will all refine itself into poetry later on. Isaac Rosenberg
[ Conditions Consciousness Corner Covered Extraordinary Into Itself Later Leave Life Myself New Poetry Refine Saturate Strange Up Will]
When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images. Niels Bohr
[ Atoms Comes Concerned Creating Describing Facts Images Language Nearly Only Poet Poetry Too Used]
I thought we were gonna open up the world of poetry and music to all kinds of things, and yet, I can't really think of anyone who's done anything like it since. Ray Manzarek
[ Anyone Anything Done Gonna Kinds Music Open Poetry Really Since Things Think Thought Up Were World Yet]
The poet exposes himself to the risk. All that has been said about poetry, all that he has learned about poetry, is only a partial assurance. A. R. Ammons
[ Assurance Been Exposes Himself Learned Only Partial Poet Poetry Risk Said]
Writing poetry makes you intensely conscious of how words sound, both aloud and inside the head of the reader. You learn the weight of words and how they sound to the ear. Helen Dunmore
[ Aloud Both Conscious Ear Head How Inside Intensely Learn Makes Poetry Reader Sound Weight Words Writing]
Poetry; a criticism of life under the conditions fixed for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty. Matthew Arnold
[ Beauty Conditions Criticism Fixed Laws Life Poetic Poetry Such Truth Under]
Poetry, the genre of purest beauty, was born of a truncated woman: her head severed from her body with a sword, a symbolic penis. Andrea Dworkin
[ Beauty Body Born Genre Head Her Poetry Purest Severed Sword Symbolic Woman]
I guess I wanted to leave America for awhile. It wasn't that I wanted to become an expatriate, or just never come back, I needed some breathing room. I'd already been translating French poetry, I'd been to Paris once before and liked it very much, and so I just went. Paul Auster
[ Already America Awhile Back Become Been Before Breathing Come French Guess Just Leave Liked Much Needed Never Once Paris Poetry Room Some Translating Very Wanted Went]
It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge. Brooks Atkinson
[ College Education Five Knowledge Learn Men Most Poetry Recover Takes Thinking Vital Years]
And how can poetry stand up against its new conditions? Its position is perfectly precarious. John C. Ransom
[ Against Conditions How New Perfectly Poetry Position Precarious Stand Up]
Poetry is a special use of language that opens onto the real. The business of the poet is truth telling, which is why in the Celtic tradition no one could be a teacher unless he or she was a poet. Huston Smith
[ Business Celtic Could Language Onto Opens Poet Poetry Real She Special Teacher Telling Tradition Truth Unless Use Which Why]
Have you ever heard a good joke? If you've ever heard someone just right, with the right pacing, then you're already on the way to poetry. It's about using words in very precise ways and using gesture. Rita Dove
[ Already Ever Gesture Good Heard Joke Just Pacing Poetry Precise Right Someone Then Using Very Way Ways Words]
Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits. Carl Sandburg Poetry
[ Biscuits Poetry Synthesis]
Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild. Denis Diderot
[ Barbaric Must Poetry Something Vast Wild]
American poetry, like American painting, is always personal with an emphasis on the individuality of the poet. Diane Wakoski
[ Always American Emphasis Individuality Painting Personal Poet Poetry]
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. Mario Cuomo
[ Campaign Govern Poetry Prose]
If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy. Muhammad Iqbal
[ Heir Make Men Object Poetry Prophecy Then]
The mystical poetry of William Blake's artwork also forms the basis for the album cover. Bruce Dickinson
[ Album Also Artwork Basis Blake Cover Forms Mystical Poetry William]
Romance like a ghost escapes touching; it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory. George William Curtis
[ Always Conversation Escapes Ghost Interview Memory Poetry Prose Romance Time Touching Where]
It is a way we reassess our past. We can do that in poetry in ways we can't do in prose. Peter Davison
[ Our Past Poetry Prose Way Ways]
None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry. Edith Hamilton
[ Alchemy Exaltation Into Less None Nothing Pain Poet Poetry Than Tragedy Transmuted Write]
I did not have a very literary background. I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics, and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation. Robert Morgan
[ Also Background Came Chinese Did Interest Japanese Literary Mathematics Poetry Sciences Through Translation Very]
But for me, being an editor I've been an editor of all kinds of books being an editor of poetry has been the way in which I could give a crucial part of my time to what I love most. Peter Davison
[ Been Being Books Could Crucial Editor Give Kinds Love Most Part Poetry Time Way Which]
But in the finished art of the song the use of words has no connection with the use of words in poetry. John Drinkwater
[ Art Connection Finished Poetry Song Use Words]
Well, the great thing for me about poetry is that in good poems the dislocation of words, that is to say, the distance between what they say they're saying and what they are actually saying is at its greatest. Harry Mathews
[ Actually Between Dislocation Distance Good Great Greatest Poems Poetry Say Saying Thing Well Words]
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. Carl Sandburg Poetry
[ Asking Dance Echo Poetry Shadow]
There is poetry even in prose, in all the great prose which is not merely utilitarian or didactic: there exist poets who write in prose or at least in more or less apparent prose; millions of poets write verses which have no connection with poetry. Eugenio Montale
[ Apparent Connection Didactic Even Exist Great Least Less Merely Millions More Poetry Poets Prose Utilitarian Verses Which Write]
True poetry is similar to certain pictures whose owner is unknown and which only a few initiated people know. Eugenio Montale
[ Certain Few Initiated Know Only Owner Pictures Poetry Similar True Unknown Which Whose]
High and low culture come together in all Post Modern art, and American poetry is not excluded from this. Diane Wakoski
[ American Art Come Culture Excluded High Low Modern Poetry Post Together]
I don't think Auden liked my poetry very much, he's very Anglican. Stevie Smith
[ Anglican Liked Much Poetry Think Very]
It's always a combination of physics and poetry that I find inspiring. It's hard to wrap your head around things like the Hubble scope. Tom Hanks
[ Always Around Combination Find Hard Head Hubble Inspiring Physics Poetry Scope Things Wrap Your]
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
[ Graver Hence History Import More Nature Philosophic Poetry Rather Since Something Statements Than Those Universals Whereas]
I don't live for poetry. I live far more than anybody else does. Charles Olson
[ Anybody Does Else Far Live More Poetry Than]
I wonder if I ever thought of an ideal reader... I guess when I was in my 20s and in New York and maybe even in my early 30s, I would write for my wife Janice... mainly for my poet friends and my wife, who was very smart about poetry. Kenneth Koch
[ Early Even Ever Friends Guess Ideal Mainly Maybe New Poet Poetry Reader Smart Thought Very Wife Wonder Would Write York]
The poetry from the eighteenth century was prose; the prose from the seventeenth century was poetry. David Hare
[ Century Eighteenth Poetry Prose Seventeenth]
Love is the poetry of the senses. Honore de Balzac Love
[ Love Poetry Senses]
Children can write poetry and then, unless they're poets, they stop when reach puberty. Dennis Potter
[ Children Poetry Poets Puberty Reach Stop Then Unless Write]
Poetry is the communication through words of certain experiences that can be communicated in no other way. John Drinkwater
[ Certain Communicated Communication Experiences Other Poetry Through Way Words]
Thinking in its lower grades, is comparable to paper money, and in its higher forms it is a kind of poetry. Henry Ellis
[ Comparable Forms Grades Higher Kind Lower Money Paper Poetry Thinking]
Frankly, writing poetry for children is plain old fun, and I consider myself blessed to have such a delightful career. Jack Prelutsky
[ Blessed Career Children Consider Delightful Frankly Fun Myself Old Plain Poetry Such Writing]
As for political poetry, as it's usually defined, it seems there's very little good political poetry. Kenneth Koch
[ Defined Good Little Poetry Political Seems Usually Very]
The sources of poetry are in the spirit seeking completeness. Muriel Rukeyser
[ Completeness Poetry Seeking Sources Spirit]
A book is sent out into the world, and there is no way of fully anticipating the responses it will elicit. Consider the responses called forth by the Bible, Homer, Shakespeare - let alone contemporary poetry or a modern novel. Chaim Potok
[ Alone Anticipating Bible Book Called Consider Contemporary Elicit Forth Fully Homer Into Modern Novel Out Poetry Responses Sent Shakespeare Way Will World]
A poem in form still has to have voice, gesture, a sense of discovery, a metaphoric connection, as any poetry does. Robert Morgan
[ Any Connection Discovery Does Form Gesture Metaphoric Poem Poetry Sense Still Voice]
As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines. Thomas B. Macaulay
[ Advances Almost Civilization Declines Necessarily Poetry]
I think Ginsberg has done more harm to the craft that I honor and live by than anybody else by reducing it to a kind of mean that enables the most dubious practitioners to claim they are poets because they think, If the kind of thing Ginsberg does is poetry, I can do that. James Dickey
[ Anybody Because Claim Craft Does Done Dubious Else Enables Ginsberg Harm Honor Kind Live Mean More Most Poetry Poets Practitioners Reducing Than Thing Think]
As to London we must console ourselves with the thought that if life outside is less poetic than it was in the days of old, inwardly its poetry is much deeper. Goldwin Smith
[ Console Days Deeper Inwardly Less Life London Much Must Old Ourselves Outside Poetic Poetry Than Thought]
Poetry is of so subtle a spirit, that in the pouring out of one language into another it will evaporate. John Denham
[ Another Evaporate Into Language Out Poetry Pouring Spirit Subtle Will]
So now I have a collection of poetry by Aaron Neville and I give it to people I want to share it with. I'd like to publish it someday. Aaron Neville
[ Aaron Collection Give Now Poetry Publish Share Someday Want]
For poetry there exists neither large countries nor small. Its domain is in the heart of all men. Giorgos Seferis
[ Countries Domain Exists Heart Large Men Neither Nor Poetry Small]
I've always written, all my life, and when I was very young I developed an interest in poetry. Jeffery Deaver
[ Always Developed Interest Life Poetry Very Written Young]
Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language. Lucille Clifton
[ Just Language Life Matter Poetry]
Poetry is the work of poets, not of peoples or communities; artistic creation can never be anything but the production of an individual mind. Lascelles Abercrombie
[ Anything Artistic Communities Creation Individual Mind Never Peoples Poetry Poets Production Work]
A great many people seem to think writing poetry is worthwhile, even though it pays next to nothing and is not as widely read as it should be. Mark Strand
[ Even Great Many Next Nothing Pays Poetry Read Seem Should Think Though Widely Worthwhile Writing]
A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry, unless, of course, the life has been made into an art. Mark Strand
[ Art Been Course Elevated Into Life Made Poetry Sufficiently Unless]
There may be more poetry than justice in poetic justice. George Will
[ Justice May More Poetic Poetry Than]
And if they haven't got poetry in them, there's nothing you can do that will produce it. Norman MacCaig
[ Got Haven Nothing Poetry Produce Them Will]
I've written some poetry I don't understand myself. Carl Sandburg
[ Myself Poetry Some Understand Written]
Meet some people who care about poetry the way you do. You'll have that readership. Keep going until you know you're doing work that's worthy. And then see what happens. That's my advice. Philip Levine
[ Advice Care Doing Going Happens Keep Know Meet Poetry Readership See Some Then Until Way Work Worthy]
Written poetry is different. Best thing is to see it in performance first, then read it. Performance is more provocative. Adrian Mitchell
[ Best Different First More Performance Poetry Provocative Read See Then Thing Written]
I've often entertained paranoid suspicions about my fridge and what it's been doing to my poetry when I'm not looking, but I never even considered that my fan was thinking about me. George Murray
[ Been Considered Doing Entertained Even Fan Fridge Looking Never Often Paranoid Poetry Suspicions Thinking]
There is one type of ideal woman very seldom described in poetry - the old maid, the woman whom sorrow or misfortune prevents from fulfilling her natural destiny. Lafcadio Hearn
[ Described Destiny Fulfilling Her Ideal Maid Misfortune Natural Old Poetry Prevents Seldom Sorrow Type Very Whom Woman]
The whole thing about making films in an organic film on location is that it's not all about characters, relationships and themes, it's also about place and the poetry of place. It's about the spirit of what you find, the accidents of what you stumble across. Mike Leigh
[ Accidents Across Also Characters Film Films Find Location Making Organic Place Poetry Relationships Spirit Stumble Themes Thing Whole]
I was apprehensive. I feared every time I talked about poetry, it would be filtered through the lens of race, sex, and age. Rita Dove
[ Age Apprehensive Every Feared Filtered Lens Poetry Race Sex Talked Through Time Would]
Poetry transforms and redeems the common, the hurtful, the humiliating. Susan Montez
[ Common Humiliating Hurtful Poetry Transforms]
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. Rita Dove Poetry
[ Distilled Language Most Poetry Powerful]
I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry. John Cage
[ Am Nothing Poetry Say Saying]
Experience has taught me, when I am shaving of a morning, to keep watch over my thoughts, because, if a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act. A. E. Housman Experience
[ Act Am Because Ceases Experience Into Keep Line Memory Morning Over Poetry Razor Shaving Skin Taught Thoughts Watch]
Today the U.S. is farther from being nourished by poetry than it was a hundred years ago, when books of poems were best-sellers. James Broughton
[ Ago Being Books Farther Hundred Nourished Poems Poetry Than Today Were Years]
Dealing with poetry is a daunting task, simply because the reason one does it as an editor at all is because one is constantly coming to terms with one's own understanding of how to understand the world. Peter Davison
[ Because Coming Constantly Daunting Dealing Does Editor How Own Poetry Reason Simply Task Terms Understand Understanding World]
In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime. Phyllis McGinley
[ Australia National Pastime Poetry Reading]
For there is a sound reasoning upon all flowers. For flowers are peculiarly the poetry of Christ. Christopher Smart
[ Christ Flowers Peculiarly Poetry Reasoning Sound Upon]
Humour is a fine line to walk in poetry, as in fiction. I just think it's harder to write. It's harder to keep the respect of the reader too. George Murray
[ Fiction Fine Harder Humour Just Keep Line Poetry Reader Respect Think Too Walk Write]
Even if you only want to write science fiction, you should also read mysteries, poetry, mainstream literature, history, biography, philosophy, and science. Walter Jon Williams
[ Also Biography Even Fiction History Literature Mainstream Mysteries Only Philosophy Poetry Read Science Should Want Write]
Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people. Adrian Mitchell
[ Because Ignore Ignores Most Poetry]
I don't like to boast, but I have probably skipped more poetry than any other person of my age and weight in this country. Will Cuppy
[ Age Any Boast Country More Other Person Poetry Probably Skipped Than Weight]
I believe that the short story is as different a form from the novel as poetry is, and the best stories seem to me to be perhaps closer in spirit to poetry than to novels. Tobias Wolff
[ Believe Best Closer Different Form Novel Novels Perhaps Poetry Seem Short Spirit Stories Story Than]
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen Poetry
[ Burning Evidence Just Life Poetry Well Your]
I'm hopefully touring with Colin Baker next year in Perfect Strangers. I have performed with Sylvia Simms in poetry and music evenings. I would love to do those for the rest of my career - they are so fun and witty. Louise Jameson
[ Baker Career Colin Evenings Fun Hopefully Love Music Next Perfect Performed Poetry Rest Strangers Sylvia Those Touring Witty Would Year]
But I don't think that poetry is a good, to use a contemporary word, venue, for current events. Diane Wakoski
[ Contemporary Current Events Good Poetry Think Use Venue Word]
Art: If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy. Muhammad Iqbal
[ Art Heir Make Men Object Poetry Prophecy Then]
You don't go after poetry, you take what comes. Maybe the gods do it through me but I certainly do a hell of a lot of the work. Phyllis Gotlieb
[ After Certainly Comes Go Gods Hell Lot Maybe Poetry Take Through Work]
In my late teenage years, I developed a real passion for it, and wrote a lot of poetry. Danielle Steel
[ Developed Late Lot Passion Poetry Real Teenage Wrote Years]
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry. Gilbert K. Chesterton
[ Metaphor Poetry Slang]
Poetry is a mere drug, Sir. George Farquhar
[ Mere Poetry Sir]
If epic poetry is a definite species, the sagas do not fall within it. Lascelles Abercrombie
[ Definite Epic Fall Poetry Species Within]
To know anything of a poet but his poetry is, so far as the poetry is concerned, to know something that may be entertaining, even delightful, but is certainly inessential. John Drinkwater
[ Anything Certainly Concerned Delightful Entertaining Even Far His Know May Poet Poetry Something]
I'm as much influenced by Joseph Smith and the Mormons as I am, more so, than by Eliot. Actually, I'm much more influenced by the poetry of the Mormons. Marguerite Young
[ Actually Am Eliot Influenced Joseph More Mormons Much Poetry Smith Than]
Science is for those who learn, poetry is for those who know. Joseph Roux
[ Know Learn Poetry Science Those]
Some people swear by writing courses, but whether it really helps American poetry, I have doubts. Robert Morgan
[ American Courses Doubts Helps Poetry Really Some Swear Whether Writing]
Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe. Adrienne Rich
[ Above Concentration Everything Language Our Poetry Power Relationship Ultimate Universe Which]
The older I've got the less I find myself going back and re-reading or really reading new fiction or poetry. Reynolds Price
[ Back Fiction Find Going Got Less Myself New Older Poetry Re-Reading Reading Really]
The music just tends to be a vehicle for that poetry. Mark Knopfler
[ Just Music Poetry Tends Vehicle]
I wrote things for the school's newspaper, and - like all teenagers - I dabbled in poetry. Stephen Colbert
[ Dabbled Newspaper Poetry School Teenagers Things Wrote]
The first function of poetry is to tell the truth, to learn how to do that, to find out what you really feel and what you really think. June Jordan
[ Feel Find First Function How Learn Out Poetry Really Tell Think Truth]
Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does. Allen Ginsberg
[ Bed Does Expression Line Lying Making Night Party Poet Poetry Private Public Really Think Thinking Time World]
I love Sufism as I love beautiful poetry, but it is not the answer. Sufism is like a mirage in the desert. It says to you, come and sit, relax and enjoy yourself for a while. Naguib Mahfouz
[ Answer Beautiful Come Desert Enjoy Love Mirage Poetry Relax Says Sit While Yourself]
I don't think the creative writing industry has helped American poetry. Robert Morgan
[ American Creative Helped Industry Poetry Think Writing]
A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become. W. H. Auden
[ Art Become Goes Immediate Music Poetry Reflective Stops Think Verbal]
Only in dreams, in poetry, in play do we sometimes arrive at what we were before we were this thing that, who knows, we are. Julio Cortazar
[ Arrive Before Dreams Knows Only Play Poetry Sometimes Thing Were]
Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance. John Keats Poetry
[ Almost Appear Highest His Own Poetry Reader Remembrance Should Strike Thoughts Wording]
Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one. W. H. Auden
[ American Aristocracy Contemporary Every Fallen Feels His Literary Poet Poetry Responsibility Shoulders Upon Whole]
I was reading the poems of Rochester. Rochester made himself out to be bisexual, but I think that was only to shock. Most of his poetry is sexual, even pornographic. Thom Gunn
[ Bisexual Even Himself His Made Most Only Out Poems Poetry Reading Rochester Sexual Shock Think]
That's one of the great things about poetry; one realises that one does one's little turn - that you're just part of the great crop, as it were. Paul Muldoon
[ Crop Does Great Just Little Part Poetry Realises Things Turn Were]
My old teacher's definition of poetry is an attempt to understand. Thom Gunn
[ Attempt Definition Old Poetry Teacher Understand]
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
[ Area Arrogance Cleanses Concern Corrupts Diversity Existence Him His Leads Limitations Man Poetry Power Reminds Richness Toward]
What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive. Arnold Palmer Sports
[ Art Drive Find Flight Good May Museums Other Poetry]
I've always had a love for poetry and when I got signed to a record label I thought, 'How odd that I'm doing a record before a book of poetry,' Jewel
[ Always Before Book Doing Got Had How Label Love Odd Poetry Record Signed Thought]
Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads. Marianne Moore Poetry
[ Art Creating Gardens Imaginary Poetry Real Toads]
I see a resurgence of interest in poetry. I am less optimistic about the prospects for the arts when it comes to federal funding. Rita Dove
[ Am Arts Comes Federal Funding Interest Less Optimistic Poetry Prospects Resurgence See]
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
[ Believes Feeling His Interior Own Personal Poet Poetry Reader Recognizes Revelation Which]
Nobody ever told me what to read, or ever put poetry in my way. Isaac Rosenberg
[ Ever Nobody Poetry Put Read Told Way]
Poetry for me is as much a spiritual practice as sexual ecstasy is. James Broughton
[ Ecstasy Much Poetry Practice Sexual Spiritual]
Cut quarrels out of literature, and you will have very little history or drama or fiction or epic poetry left. Robert Lynd
[ Cut Drama Epic Fiction History Left Literature Little Out Poetry Quarrels Very Will]
Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away. Carl Sandburg
[ Away Go How Made Phantom Poetry Rainbows Script Telling Why]
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
[ Blooded Delicate Emotions Held Ideas Language Nth Ordinary Poetry Power Raised Skin Together Tough Words]
Poetry is all nouns and verbs. Marianne Moore
[ Nouns Poetry Verbs]
Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature. David Hare
[ Key Nature Poetry]
I think that it's more likely that in my 60s and 70s I will be writing poetry rather than fiction. Robert Morgan
[ Fiction Likely More Poetry Rather Than Think Will Writing]
Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine art; the easiest to dabble in, the hardest in which to reach true excellence. Edmund C. Stedman
[ Art Chief Dabble Easiest Excellence Fine Hardest Poetry Reach True Which]
Religious poetry, civic poetry, lyric or dramatic poetry are all categories of man's expression which are valid only if the endorsement of formal content is valid. Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Categories Civic Content Dramatic Endorsement Expression Formal Lyric Man Only Poetry Religious Valid Which]
Wine is bottled poetry. Robert Louis Stevenson
[ Bottled Poetry Wine]
I think the best American poetry is the poetry that utilizes the resources of poetry rather than exploits the defects or triumphs of the poet's personality. Mark Strand
[ American Best Defects Exploits Personality Poet Poetry Rather Resources Than Think Triumphs Utilizes]
To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one. John Ruskin Poetry
[ Clearly Poetry Prophecy Religion See]
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
[ Always Bread Contemporary Earn Food French Interested Into Kind Money Out Own Pay Poetry Poets Put Sideline Sort Spilled Table Translating Translation Way Work]
So it is in poetry. All we ask is that the mood recorded shall impress us as having been of the kind that exhausts the imaginative capacity; if it fails to do this the failure will announce itself either in prose or in insignificant verse. John Drinkwater
[ Announce Ask Been Capacity Either Exhausts Fails Failure Having Imaginative Impress Insignificant Itself Kind Mood Poetry Prose Recorded Shall Us Verse Will]
I wish you would read a little poetry sometimes. Your ignorance cramps my conversation. Anthony Hope
[ Conversation Cramps Ignorance Little Poetry Read Sometimes Wish Would Your]
Children seem naturally drawn to poetry - it's some combination of the rhyme, rhythm, and the words themselves. Jack Prelutsky
[ Children Combination Drawn Naturally Poetry Rhyme Rhythm Seem Some Themselves Words]
I've already written 300 space poems. But I look upon my ultimate form as being a poetic prose. When you read it, it appears to be prose, but within the prose you have embedded the techniques of poetry. Story Musgrave
[ Already Appears Being Embedded Form Look Poems Poetic Poetry Prose Read Space Techniques Ultimate Upon Within Written]
At the age when Bengali youth almost inevitably writes poetry, I was listening to European classical music. Satyajit Ray
[ Age Almost Bengali Classical European Inevitably Listening Music Poetry Writes Youth]
Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them. Charles Simic Poetry
[ Behind Equal Experience Never Orphan Poetry Quite Silence Them Words]
I realized poetry's the thing that I can do 'cause I can stick at it and work with tremendous intensity. Philip Levine
[ Cause Intensity Poetry Realized Stick Thing Tremendous Work]
The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals, but he is also the proudest. It is he who invented the sublime art of ruining poetry. Erik Satie
[ Also Animals Art Invented Modest Most Musician Perhaps Poetry Proudest Ruining Sublime]
I have experienced healing through other writers' poetry, but there's no way I can sit down to write in the hope a poem will have healing potential. If I do, I'll write a bad poem. Marilyn Hacker
[ Bad Down Experienced Healing Hope Other Poem Poetry Potential Sit Through Way Will Write Writers]
What we know is that Shakespeare wrote perhaps the most remarkable body of passionate love poetry in the English language to a young man. Stephen Greenblatt
[ Body English Know Language Love Man Most Passionate Perhaps Poetry Remarkable Shakespeare Wrote Young]
In fact, in lyric poetry, truthfulness becomes recognizable as a ring of truth within the medium itself. Seamus Heaney
[ Becomes Fact Itself Lyric Medium Poetry Recognizable Ring Truth Truthfulness Within]
Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar. Percy Bysshe Shelley
[ Beauty Familiar Hidden Lifts Makes Objects Poetry Veil Were World]
A lyric, it is true, is the expression of personal emotion, but then so is all poetry, and to suppose that there are several kinds of poetry, differing from each other in essence, is to be deceived by wholly artificial divisions which have no real being. John Drinkwater
[ Artificial Being Deceived Differing Divisions Each Emotion Essence Expression Kinds Lyric Other Personal Poetry Real Several Suppose Then True Which Wholly]
Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you've lost the whole thing. W. S. Merwin
[ End Get Joke Lost Making Poetry Thing Whole Word Wrong]
There is no gilding of setting sun or glamor of poetry to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers' wives. Hamlin Garland
[ Endless Farmers Ferocious Light Poetry Setting Sun Toil Up Wives]
Women do not have as great a need for poetry because their own essence is poetry. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
[ Because Essence Great Need Own Poetry Their Women]
I try to show what it is about language and music that enthralls, because I think those are the two elements of poetry. Rita Dove
[ Because Elements Language Music Poetry Show Think Those Try Two]
Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there. Archibald MacLeish
[ Alone Any Every Everywhere Had Happened Himself Journalism Man Occurrence Only Particular Poetry Presence Same Say Tell Things Though Were Wishes]
I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so in whining poetry. John Donne
[ Am Fools Know Loving Poetry Saying Two Whining]
In my opinion, the most significant works of the twentieth century are those that rise beyond the conceptual tyranny of genre; they are, at the same time, poetry, criticism, narrative, drama, etc. Juan Goytisolo
[ Beyond Century Conceptual Criticism Drama Etc Genre Most Narrative Opinion Poetry Rise Same Significant Those Time Twentieth Tyranny Works]
My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity. Wilfred Owen
[ Pity Poetry Subject War]
You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you. Joseph Joubert
[ Anywhere Bring Find Poetry Some Unless Will]
Sometimes the beauty is easy. Sometimes you don't have to try at all. Sometimes you can hear the wind blow in a handshake. Sometimes there's poetry written right on the bathroom wall. Ani DiFranco
[ Bathroom Beauty Blow Easy Handshake Hear Poetry Right Sometimes Try Wall Wind Written]
Serious poetry deals with the fundamental conflicts that cannot be logically resolved: we can state the conflicts rationally, but reason does not relieve us of them. Allen Tate
[ Cannot Conflicts Deals Does Fundamental Logically Poetry Rationally Reason Relieve Resolved Serious State Them Us]
You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you. Joseph Joubert Poetry
[ Bring Find Nowhere Poetry Some Unless Will]
Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems. John Barton Poetry
[ Conversation Entered Inspired Into Other Poems Poetry Reading Sometimes]
I see architecture not as Gropius did, as a moral venture, as truth, but as invention, in the same way that poetry or music or painting is invention. Michael Graves
[ Architecture Did Invention Moral Music Painting Poetry Same See Truth Venture Way]
The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy. Louis Kronenberger
[ Advertising America Copy Life Poetry Prose Trouble Turned Us]
The musician - if he be a good one - finds his own perception prompted by the poet's perception, and he translates the expression of that perception from the terms of poetry into the terms of music. John Drinkwater
[ Expression Finds Good His Into Music Musician Own Perception Poet Poetry Prompted Terms Translates]
I often imagine that the longer he studies English literature the more the Japanese student must be astonished at the extraordinary predominance given to the passion of love both in fiction and in poetry. Lafcadio Hearn
[ Astonished Both English Extraordinary Fiction Given Imagine Japanese Literature Longer Love More Must Often Passion Poetry Student Studies]
Poetry is man's rebellion against being what he is. James Branch Cabell
[ Against Being Man Poetry Rebellion]
Money is a kind of poetry. Wallace Stevens
[ Kind Money Poetry]
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
[ Anyone Anything Doors Just Listen Off Opens Poetry Possibilities Real Say Suits Through Ticks Walk]
Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry. Gustave Flaubert
[ Geometry Poetry Precise Thing]
Our most famous writers are Faulkner and Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor. It would make sense that the poetry would reflect some of those same values, some of the same techniques. Robert Morgan
[ Connor Famous Faulkner Make Most Our Poetry Reflect Same Sense Some Techniques Those Values Would Writers]
Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds. Percy Bysshe Shelley
[ Best Happiest Minds Moments Poetry Record]
Rap is poetry to music, like beatniks without beards and bongos. David Lee Roth
[ Beards Music Poetry Rap Without]
Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away. Carl Sandburg
[ Air Animal Away Barriers Fly Go How Journal Land Living Made Phantom Poetry Rainbows Script Sea Search Shoot Syllables Telling Unknowable Unknown Wanting Why]
One of the most powerful devices of poetry is the use of distortions. You can go from talking about the way a minute passes to the way a century passes, or a lifetime. Robert Morgan
[ Century Devices Distortions Go Lifetime Minute Most Passes Poetry Powerful Talking Use Way]
The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry. Bertrand Russell
[ Being Delight Exaltation Excellence Found Highest Man Mathematics More Poetry Sense Spirit Surely Than Touchstone True Which]
I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits, limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits that language itself imposes. Mark Strand
[ Believe Either Exists Formal Imposes Inherited Itself Language Limits Poetry Tradition Within]
The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is made more by the readers than by writers. Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse. Robert Morgan
[ Almost Decision Instead Interested Made More Narrative Poetry Prose Readers Reading Than Verse Write Writers]
Poetry was invented as an mnemonic device to enable people to remember their prayers. Peter Davison
[ Device Enable Invented Poetry Prayers Remember Their]
The great watershed of modern poetry is French, more than English. Robert Morgan
[ English French Great Modern More Poetry Than Watershed]
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular. Aristotle
[ Expresses Finer History More Only Particular Philosophical Poetry Than Universal]
Now I think poetry will save nothing from oblivion, but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it's the home of the extraordinary, the only home. Philip Levine
[ Because Extraordinary Home Keep Nothing Now Oblivion Only Ordinary Poetry Save Think Will Writing]
For me, poetry is always a search for order. Elizabeth Jennings
[ Always Order Poetry Search]
That's a wonderful change that's taken place, and so most poetry today is published, if not directly by the person, certainly by the enterprise of the poet himself, working with his friends. A. R. Ammons
[ Certainly Change Directly Enterprise Friends Himself His Most Person Place Poet Poetry Published Taken Today Wonderful Working]
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
[ Delights Draws His Life Line Never Noble Poet Poetry Sentiments Though True Written]
Slowly poetry becomes visual because it paints images, but it is also musical: it unites two arts into one. Eugenio Montale
[ Also Arts Because Becomes Images Into Musical Paints Poetry Slowly Two Unites Visual]
I think when kids just see well-crafted poetry, it's just obtuse to them. It's hard to relate to. Jewel Kilcher
[ Hard Just Kids Poetry Relate See Them Think]
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea. John Updike
[ Criticism Fiction Hugging Open Poetry Sailing Sea Shore Writing]
If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. Emily Dickinson
[ Feel Head Know Off Physically Poetry Taken Top Were]
Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry. Muriel Rukeyser Poetry
[ Experience Poetry]
There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking. Jean de la Bruyere
[ Certain Endured Mediocrity Music Painting Poetry Public Speaking Such Things Which]
In the world of poetry there are would-be poets, workshop poets, promising poets, lovesick poets, university poets, and a few real poets. James Broughton
[ Few Poetry Poets Promising Real University Workshop World Would-Be]
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life. Jean Giraudoux Nature
[ Eternal Example Flower Life Poetry Reproduction]
I look for poetry in English because it's the only language I read. Jack Prelutsky
[ Because English Language Look Only Poetry Read]
I like the way words go together and I like the gamesmanship of writing poetry. It is such a challenge. Jeffery Deaver
[ Challenge Go Poetry Such Together Way Words Writing]
The Language Poets are writing only about language itself. The Ashbery poets are writing only about poetry itself. That seems to me a kind of dead end. Robert Morgan
[ Dead End Itself Kind Language Only Poetry Poets Seems Writing]
One has only as much morality as one has philosophy and poetry. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
[ Morality Much Only Philosophy Poetry]
I learned to impersonate the kind of person that talks about poetry. It comes from teaching, I think. Robert Morgan
[ Comes Impersonate Kind Learned Person Poetry Talks Teaching Think]
Concrete poets continue to turn out beautiful things, but to me they're more visual than oral, and they almost really belong on the wall rather than in a book. I haven't the least idea of where poetry is going. James Laughlin
[ Almost Beautiful Belong Book Concrete Continue Going Haven Idea Least More Oral Out Poetry Poets Rather Really Than Things Turn Visual Wall Where]
Mathematics is, as it were, a sensuous logic, and relates to philosophy as do the arts, music, and plastic art to poetry. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
[ Art Arts Logic Mathematics Music Philosophy Plastic Poetry Relates Sensuous Were]
Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted. Percy Bysshe Shelley Poetry
[ Beautiful Distorted Makes Mirror Poetry Which]
The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness. James Gates Percival
[ Air Brightness Dance Full Living Melodies Music Poetry Sparkle Spirit Waves World]
I used to write sonnets and various things, and moved from there into writing prose, which, incidentally, is a lot more interesting than poetry, including the rhythms of prose. Shelby Foote
[ Incidentally Including Interesting Into Lot More Moved Poetry Prose Rhythms Sonnets Than Things Used Various Which Write Writing]
Religion is no more possible without prayer than poetry without language, or music without atmosphere. James Martineau
[ Atmosphere Language More Music Poetry Possible Prayer Religion Than Without]
Because, in fact, women, feminists, do read my poetry, and they read it often with the power of their political interpretation. I don't care; that's what poetry is supposed to do. Diane Wakoski
[ Because Care Fact Feminists Interpretation Often Poetry Political Power Read Supposed Their Women]
My films are an extension of my poetry, using the white screen like the white page to be filled with images. James Broughton
[ Extension Filled Films Images Page Poetry Screen Using White]
When truth has no burning, then it is philosophy, when it gets burning from the heart, it becomes poetry. Muhammad Iqbal
[ Becomes Burning Gets Heart Philosophy Poetry Then Truth]
It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish. Charles Baudelaire
[ Being Ceaselessly Drunk Drunken Escape Hour Martyred Poetry Slaves Time Virtue Wine Wish]
In the past, poetry came in the form of spells and chants used to effect change. John Barton
[ Came Change Effect Form Past Poetry Spells Used]
Narrative art, the novel, from Murasaki to Proust, has produced great works of poetry. Eugenio Montale
[ Art Great Narrative Novel Poetry Produced Proust Works]
He passes from lyric to epic poetry in order to speak about the world and the torment in the world through man, rationally and emotionally. The poet then becomes a danger. Salvatore Quasimodo
[ Becomes Danger Emotionally Epic Lyric Man Order Passes Poet Poetry Rationally Speak Then Through Torment World]
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Plutarch Poetry
[ Painting Poetry Silent Speaks]
To be born in Wales, not with a silver spoon in your mouth, but, with music in your blood and with poetry in your soul, is a privilege indeed. Brian Harris
[ Blood Born Indeed Mouth Music Poetry Privilege Silver Soul Spoon Wales Your]
Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before. Audre Lorde
[ Across Architecture Been Before Bridge Change Dream Fears Foundations Future Lays Lives Never Only Our Poetry Skeleton Vision]
Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena, using with its own unique procedures and tools. John Barton
[ Another Form Inquiry Into Nature Own Phenomena Poetry Procedures Tools Unique Using]
It is a happy thing that there is no royal road to poetry. The world should know by this time that one cannot reach Parnassus except by flying thither. Gerard Manley Hopkins
[ Cannot Except Flying Happy Know Poetry Reach Road Royal Should Thing Thither Time World]
My art and poetry is very political now. Because you've got to find that truth within you and express yourself. Somewhere out there, I know, there will be people who will listen. Jack Bowman
[ Art Because Express Find Got Know Listen Now Out Poetry Political Somewhere Truth Very Will Within Yourself]
The idea of avant-garde art is a very suspicious thing to me, the idea that poetry is new and it keeps being new the way Chevrolets every year are new. Robert Morgan
[ Art Avant-Garde Avant-Garde Being Every Idea Keeps New Poetry Suspicious Thing Very Way Year]
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry. William Butler Yeats
[ Make Others Ourselves Out Poetry Quarrel Rhetoric]
Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite expressions. Joseph Roux
[ Expression Expressions Exquisite Poetry]
To a poet the mere making of a poem can seem to solve the problem of truth, but only a problem of art is solved in poetry. Laura Riding
[ Art Making Mere Only Poem Poet Poetry Problem Seem Solve Solved Truth]
Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes. Joseph Roux
[ Clothes Poetry Sunday Truth]
Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore. Wallace Stevens
[ Bore Complicated Else Everything Life Poetry Were Would]
I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible. Seamus Heaney
[ Credit Making Poetry Possible]
Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing. Edmund Burke
[ Art Existence Lending Nothing Poetry Shadows]
Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it. Vincent Van Gogh
[ Alas Easy Everywhere Looking Paper Poetry Putting Surrounds Us]
I guess the two Manifesto, Communicating Vessels, Mad Love, and some of his poetry made a significant mark on me but as far as bringing a literary element into the music I see it as a much broader assimilation. Trevor Dunn
[ Assimilation Bringing Broader Communicating Element Far Guess His Into Literary Love Mad Made Manifesto Mark Much Music Poetry See Significant Some Two Vessels]
Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings, to the unknown, and returns us to our rational, structured selves refreshed. A. R. Ammons
[ Beings Leads Our Poetry Rational Refreshed Returns Selves Sources Structured Unknown Us]
I published, privately, a collection of my serious poetry I had written over the years. I only published 50 copies, which I gave to friends, in a special deluxe edition. It was ridiculously expensive but I'm glad that I did it. Tom Glazer
[ Collection Copies Deluxe Did Edition Expensive Friends Gave Glad Had Only Over Poetry Privately Published Ridiculously Serious Special Which Written Years]
I don't think poetry is something that can be taught. We can encourage young writers, but what you can't teach them is the very essence of poetry. Robert Morgan
[ Encourage Essence Poetry Something Taught Teach Them Think Very Writers Young]
Poetry seems to sink into us the way prose doesn't. I can still quote verses I learned when I was very young, but I have trouble remembering one line of a novel I just finished reading. Jack Prelutsky
[ Finished Into Just Learned Line Novel Poetry Prose Quote Reading Remembering Seems Sink Still Trouble Us Verses Very Way Young]
If you go into a bar in most places in America and even say the word poetry, you'll probably get beaten up. But poetry is a really strong, beautiful form to me, and a lot of innovation in language comes from poetry. Jim Jarmusch
[ America Bar Beaten Beautiful Comes Even Form Get Go Innovation Into Language Lot Most Places Poetry Probably Really Say Strong Up Word]
Poetry is what gets lost in translation. Robert Frost Poetry
[ Gets Lost Poetry Translation]
And there are a lot more people reading poetry, but there are not so many people reading an individual poet. Peter Davison
[ Individual Lot Many More Poet Poetry Reading]
Poetry is indispensable - if I only knew what for. Jean Cocteau
[ Indispensable Knew Only Poetry]
The blood jet is poetry and there is no stopping it. Sylvia Plath
[ Blood Jet Poetry Stopping]
I wrote The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God in five hours, but I had it all planned out. It isn't poetry and it does not pretend to be, but it does what it sets out to do. J. Milton Hayes
[ Does Eye Five God Green Had Hours Little Out Planned Poetry Pretend Sets Wrote Yellow]
All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry. Gustave Flaubert
[ Exact Geometry Inventions Poetry Science Sure True]
I was very interested in American poetry for many years. Much less now. Norman MacCaig
[ American Interested Less Many Much Now Poetry Very Years]
Poetry is one of the destinies of speech... One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language. Gaston Bachelard
[ Destinies Future Image Language Newness Opens Poetic Poetry Say Speech Would]
I don't think it's always good to read lots of poetry. Amber Tamblyn
[ Always Good Lots Poetry Read Think]
Even the people who have had success and made money writing these books of fiction seem to feel the need to pretend it's no big deal, or part of a natural progression from poetry to fiction, but often it's really just about the money, the perceived prestige. George Murray
[ Big Books Deal Even Feel Fiction Had Just Made Money Natural Need Often Part Perceived Poetry Prestige Pretend Progression Really Seem Success These Writing]
The fact of the matter is that the most unexpected and miraculous thing in my life was the arrival in it of poetry itself - as a vocation and an elevation almost. Seamus Heaney
[ Almost Arrival Elevation Fact Itself Life Matter Miraculous Most Poetry Thing Unexpected Vocation]
No, what I should really like to do right now, in the full blaze of lights, before this illustrious assembly, is to shower every one of you with gifts, with flowers, with offerings of poetry - to be young once more, to ride on the crest of the wave. Knut Hamsun
[ Assembly Before Blaze Crest Every Flowers Full Gifts Illustrious Lights More Now Offerings Once Poetry Really Ride Right Should Shower Wave Young]
But I can only write what the muse allows me to write. I cannot choose, I can only do what I am given, and I feel pleased when I feel close to concrete poetry - still. Ian Hamilton Finlay
[ Allows Am Cannot Choose Close Concrete Feel Given Muse Only Pleased Poetry Still Write]
However, poetry does not live solely in books or in school anthologies. Eugenio Montale
[ Anthologies Books Does However Live Poetry School Solely]
I don't think you get to good writing unless you expose yourself and your feelings. Deep songs don't come from the surface; they come from the deep down. The poetry and the songs that you are suppose to write, I believe are in your heart. Judy Collins
[ Believe Come Deep Down Expose Feelings Get Good Heart Poetry Songs Suppose Surface Think Unless Write Writing Your Yourself]
Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry. Gustave Flaubert Poetry
[ Everything Geometry Invents May Perfectly Poetry Precise Sure True]
Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. Novalis Poetry
[ Heals Inflicted Poetry Reason Wounds]
But every great scripture, whether Hebrew, Indian, Persian, or Chinese, apart from its religious value will be found to have some rare and special beauty of its own; and in this respect the original Bible stands very high as a monument of sublime poetry and of artistic prose. Lafcadio Hearn
[ Apart Artistic Beauty Bible Chinese Every Found Great Hebrew High Indian Monument Original Own Persian Poetry Prose Rare Religious Respect Scripture Some Special Stands Sublime Value Very Whether Will]
Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence. Norman O. Brown
[ Breaking Common Freedom Liberties Normal Poetry Rules Sense Speech Taking Violating Violence Words]
I think we will always have the impulse towards visual poetry with us, and I wouldn't agree with Bly that it's a bad thing. It depends on the ability of the individual poet to do it well, and to make a shape which is interesting enough to hold your attention. James Laughlin
[ Ability Agree Always Attention Bad Depends Enough Hold Impulse Individual Interesting Make Poet Poetry Shape Thing Think Towards Us Visual Well Which Will Your]
The arts generally have had to recognize Modernism - how should poetry escape? John C. Ransom
[ Arts Escape Generally Had How Modernism Poetry Recognize Should]
PC stuff just lowers the general acceptance of good work and replaces it with bogus poetry that celebrates values that in themselves are probably quite worthy. Diane Wakoski
[ Acceptance Bogus Celebrates General Good Just Lowers Pc Poetry Probably Quite Replaces Stuff Themselves Values Work Worthy]
Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on, my literary efforts from the age of about nine running chiefly to poetry and plays. Patrick White
[ Age Asthma Chiefly Early Efforts Induced Literary Nine Plays Poetry Probably Reading Running Started Writing]
The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual. John Muir
[ Civilization Destroyed Generally Gross Nature Poetry Spiritual]
Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever. Theodore Sturgeon
[ Fiction Field Limits Literary Only Outside Parameters Poetry Science Whatsoever Which]
If poetry should address itself to the same needs and aspirations, the same hopes and fears, to which the Bible addresses itself, it might rival it in distribution. Wallace Stevens
[ Address Addresses Aspirations Bible Distribution Fears Hopes Itself Might Needs Poetry Rival Same Should Which]
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. Edgar Allan Poe
[ Evolved Fear Fraud Friend Greed Imagination Out Poetry Religion Simply]
In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all. Wallace Stevens
[ Anything Capacity Ideas Images Love Must Poetry Rhythms Words Your]
There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing. John Cage Poetry
[ Nothing Poetry Possess Realize Soon]
If poetry alters the way in which the reader views the world, then it has had its desired effect. John Barton
[ Alters Desired Effect Had Poetry Reader Then Views Way Which World]
We simply have not kept in touch with poetry. Paul Muldoon
[ Kept Poetry Simply Touch]
For a poet to depict a poet in poetry is a hazardous experiment; in regarding one's own trade a sense of humour and a little wholesome cynicism are not amiss. Edward Dowden
[ Amiss Cynicism Depict Experiment Hazardous Humour Little Own Poet Poetry Regarding Sense Trade Wholesome]
All those authors there, most of whom of course I've never met. That's the poetry side, that's the prose side, that's the fishing and miscellaneous behind me. You get an affection for books that you've enjoyed. Norman MacCaig
[ Affection Authors Behind Books Course Enjoyed Fishing Get Met Miscellaneous Most Never Poetry Prose Side Those Whom]
I am not ridiculing verbal mechanisms, dreams, or repressions as origins of poetry; all three of them and more besides may have a great deal to do with it. Allen Tate
[ Am Besides Deal Dreams Great May Mechanisms More Origins Poetry Them Three Verbal]
Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
[ Beautiful Been Discover Exceeding Given Good Great Habit Meets Own Poetry Reward Surrounds Wishing]
Well, if this is poetry, I'm certainly never going to write any myself. James Schuyler
[ Any Certainly Going Myself Never Poetry Well Write]
Poetry is one of the few nasty childhood habits I've managed to grow out of. Tom Holt
[ Childhood Few Grow Habits Managed Nasty Out Poetry]
How does one happen to write a poem: where does it come from? That is the question asked by the psychologists or the geneticists of poetry. Allen Tate
[ Asked Come Does Happen How Poem Poetry Psychologists Question Where Write]
Well you can't teach the poetry, but you can teach the craft. David Hockney
[ Craft Poetry Teach Well]
From reading a previous answer, you know that I consider all those aspects to be part of American cultural myth and thus they figure into good American poetry, whether the poet is aware of what he is doing or not. Diane Wakoski
[ American Answer Aspects Aware Consider Cultural Doing Figure Good Into Know Myth Part Poet Poetry Previous Reading Those Thus Whether]
Poetry is a sort of homecoming. Paul Celan
[ Homecoming Poetry Sort]
Instead of trying to come up and pontificate on what literature is, you need to talk with children, to teachers, and make sure they get poetry in the curriculum early. Rita Dove
[ Children Come Curriculum Early Get Instead Literature Make Need Poetry Pontificate Sure Talk Teachers Trying Up]
The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one. John Ruskin
[ Clearly Does Ever Greatest Human Poetry Prophecy Religion See Soul Thing World]
I had art as a major, along with English, French and History. I had dance, modern dance. In English I was allowed to write my own poetry, which I eventually got published. Sally Kirkland
[ Allowed Along Art Dance English Eventually French Got Had History Major Modern Own Poetry Published Which Write]
Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. Don Marquis
[ Book Canyon Down Dropping Echo Grand Poetry Rose Waiting Writing]
A grain of poetry suffices to season a century. Jose Marti
[ Century Grain Poetry Season Suffices]
The first question at that time in poetry was simply the question of honesty, of sincerity. George Oppen
[ First Honesty Poetry Question Simply Sincerity Time]
Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry. Georges Braque
[ Illuminated Itself Only Poetry Ray Reality Reveals]
Stadium rock and commercial rock are the opposite of what poetry needs. An audience of around 200 is ideal for poetry. Adrian Mitchell
[ Around Audience Commercial Ideal Needs Opposite Poetry Rock Stadium]
I have had much to learn from Sweden's poetry and, more especially, from her lyrics of the last generation. Knut Hamsun
[ Especially Generation Had Her Last Learn Lyrics More Much Poetry Sweden]
Then I discovered I loved writing poetry more than fiction. George Murray
[ Discovered Fiction Loved More Poetry Than Then Writing]
I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it. Marianne Moore
[ Calling Category Except Other Poetry Put Reason See Which Work]
It should here be added that poetry habitually takes the form of verse. John Drinkwater
[ Added Form Habitually Here Poetry Should Takes Verse]
Women are treated as unjustly in poetry as in life. The feminine ones are not idealistic, and the idealistic not feminine. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
[ Feminine Idealistic Life Ones Poetry Treated Unjustly Women]
To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry. John Andrew Holmes
[ Alive Always Apprehend Beautiful Beautifully Feel Flash Flow Language Means Most Poetry Reading Ready Something Sudden]
I think there was a revolution in poetry, associated chiefly with Eliot and Pound; but maybe it is of the nature of revolutions or of the nature of history that their innovations should later come to look trivial or indistinguishable from technical tricks. Howard Nemerov
[ Associated Chiefly Come Eliot History Indistinguishable Innovations Later Look Maybe Nature Poetry Pound Revolution Revolutions Should Technical Their Think Tricks Trivial]
I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty. Edgar Allan Poe
[ Beauty Brief Creation Define Poetry Words Would]
I want to write a book of poetry, as well as children's stories. Bobby McFerrin
[ Book Children Poetry Stories Want Well Write]
In fact a lot of them I think are absolute baloney. Those Charles Olsens and people like that. At first I was interested in seeing what they were up to, what they were doing, why they were doing it. They never moved me in the way that one is moved by true poetry. Norman MacCaig
[ Absolute Baloney Charles Doing Fact First Interested Lot Moved Never Poetry Seeing Them Think Those True Up Way Were Why]
I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests. Pablo Neruda
[ Between Born Forests Grew Hill Itself Poetry Rain River Steeped Timber Took Town Up Voice]
Theater and poetry were what helped people stay alive and want to go on living. Vanessa Redgrave
[ Alive Go Helped Living Poetry Stay Theater Want Were]
Poetry is something to make us wiser and better, by continually revealing those types of beauty and truth, which God has set in all men's souls. James Russell Lowell
[ Beauty Better Continually God Make Men Poetry Revealing Set Something Souls Those Truth Types Us Which Wiser]
Stylized acting and direction is to realistic acting and direction as poetry is to prose. Elia Kazan
[ Acting Direction Poetry Prose Realistic Stylized]
I have always wanted what I have now come to call the voice of personal narrative. That has always been the appealing voice in poetry. It started for me lyrically in Shakespeare's sonnets. Diane Wakoski
[ Always Appealing Been Call Come Lyrically Narrative Now Personal Poetry Shakespeare Sonnets Started Voice Wanted]
My mother carried on and supported us; her ambition had been to write poetry and songs. Philip Levine
[ Ambition Been Carried Had Her Mother Poetry Songs Supported Us Write]
The mystic purchases a moment of exhilaration with a lifetime of confusion; and the confusion is infectious and destructive. It is confusing and destructive to try and explain anything in terms of anything else, poetry in terms of psychology. Basil Bunting
[ Anything Confusing Confusion Destructive Else Exhilaration Explain Infectious Lifetime Moment Mystic Poetry Psychology Purchases Terms Try]
There are men who can write poetry, and there are men who can read balance sheets. The men who can read balance sheets cannot write. Henry R. Luce
[ Balance Cannot Men Poetry Read Sheets Write]
Clarity, clarity, surely clarity is the most beautiful thing in the world, A limited, limiting clarity I have not and never did have any motive of poetry But to achieve clarity. George Oppen
[ Achieve Any Beautiful Clarity Did Limited Limiting Most Motive Never Poetry Surely Thing World]
I always liked the magic of poetry but now I'm just starting to see behind the curtain of even the best poets, how they've used, tried and tested craft to create the illusion. Wonderful feeling of exhilaration to finally be there. David Knopfler
[ Always Behind Best Craft Create Curtain Even Exhilaration Feeling Finally How Illusion Just Liked Magic Now Poetry Poets See Starting Tested Tried Used Wonderful]
It is written on the arched sky; it looks out from every star. It is the poetry of Nature; it is that which uplifts the spirit within us. John Ruskin
[ Arched Every Looks Nature Out Poetry Sky Spirit Star Uplifts Us Which Within Written]
Before people complain of the obscurity of modern poetry, they should first examine their consciences and ask themselves with how many people and on how many occasions they have genuinely and profoundly shared some experience with another. W. H. Auden
[ Another Ask Before Complain Consciences Examine Experience First Genuinely How Many Modern Obscurity Occasions Poetry Profoundly Shared Should Some Their Themselves]
I think poetry has lost an awful lot of its muscle because nobody knows any. Nobody has to memorize poetry. Peter Davison
[ Any Awful Because Knows Lost Lot Memorize Muscle Nobody Poetry Think]
The quietest poetry can be an explosion of joy. James Broughton
[ Explosion Joy Poetry Quietest]
Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind. Thomas B. Macaulay
[ Certain Enjoy Even Mind Perhaps Person Poet Poetry Without]
Still, language is resilient, and poetry when it is pressured simply goes underground. Diane Wakoski
[ Goes Language Poetry Pressured Resilient Simply Still Underground]
It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish. Charles Baudelaire
[ Drunk Get Martyred Poetry Slaves Stopping Time Virtue Wine Wish Without]
Poetry must be made by all and not by one. Comte de Lautreamont
[ Made Must Poetry]
Any long work in which poetry is persistent, be it epic or drama or narrative, is really a succession of separate poetic experiences governed into a related whole by an energy distinct from that which evoked them. John Drinkwater
[ Any Distinct Drama Energy Epic Experiences Governed Into Long Narrative Persistent Poetic Poetry Really Related Separate Succession Them Which Whole Work]
Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber's wax dummy is to sculpture. Ezra Pound
[ Art Barber Dummy Poetry Real Sculpture Wax]
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
[ Decided Deliver Enabled Find Inspiration Instinct Kind Knowing Least Mean Messages Poetry Poets Prophets Seers Sublime Such Their Wisdom Without Write]
Versatility of education can be found in our best poetry, but the depth of mankind should be found in the philosopher. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
[ Best Depth Education Found Mankind Our Philosopher Poetry Should Versatility]
Poetry is fascinating. As soon as it begins the poetry has changed the thing into something extra, and somehow prose can go over into poetry. Michael Tippett
[ Begins Changed Extra Fascinating Go Into Over Poetry Prose Somehow Something Soon Thing]
The poetry of heroism appeals irresistibly to those who don't go to a war, and even more to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy. It's always so. Louis-Ferdinand Celine
[ Always Appeals Enormously Even Go Heroism Irresistibly Making More Poetry Those War Wealthy Whom]
Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. Edgar Allan Poe Poetry
[ Beauty Creation Poetry Words]
Teaching writing over the years intrudes on your own writing in important ways, taking away some of the excitement of poetry. Robert Morgan
[ Away Excitement Important Intrudes Over Own Poetry Some Taking Teaching Ways Writing Years Your]
I write all the time - I write poetry, I love to write. Colin Quinn
[ Love Poetry Time Write]
The more poetry you have in the head, the more poetry you will understand because you will be getting to the roots of what it is that makes people write poetry at all. Peter Davison
[ Because Getting Head Makes More Poetry Roots Understand Will Write]
I think it comes from really liking literary forms. Poetry is very beautiful, but the space on the page can be as affecting as where the text is. Like when Miles Davis doesn't play, it has a poignancy to it. Jim Jarmusch
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Of course a poem is a two-way street. No poem is any good if it doesn't suggest to the reader things from his own mind and recollection that he will read into it, and will add to what the poet has suggested. But I do think poetry readings are very important. James Laughlin
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Poetry is a succession of questions which the poet constantly poses. Vicente Aleixandre
[ Constantly Poet Poetry Poses Questions Succession Which]
I like the beauty of Faulkner's poetry. But I don't like his themes, not at all. Manuel Puig
[ Beauty Faulkner His Poetry Themes]
There's one of my new poems actually - is a good example of where my poetry has ended up. My earlier river poetry was more like a cross between Shelley and Dylan Thomas. Robert Adamson
[ Actually Between Cross Dylan Earlier Ended Example Good More New Poems Poetry River Shelley Thomas Up Where]
I'm fascinated by rap and by hip-hop. I think there's a lot of poetry in it. There's a lot of anger, a lot of social energy in it. And I think you'd better listen to it pretty carefully, 'cause it's important. John F. Kerry
[ Anger Better Carefully Cause Energy Fascinated Hip-Hop Important Listen Lot Poetry Pretty Rap Social Think]
In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well. Paul Valery
[ Almost Everything Impossible Must Poetry Said Say Well Which]
Distinctly American poetry is usually written in the context of one's geographic landscape, sometimes out of one's cultural myths, and often with reference to gender and race or ethnic origins. Diane Wakoski
[ American Context Cultural Distinctly Ethnic Gender Geographic Landscape Myths Often Origins Out Poetry Race Reference Sometimes Usually Written]
When you translate poetry in particular, you're obliged to look at how the writer with whom you're working puts together words, sentences, phrases, the triple tension between the line of verse, the syntax and the sentence. Marilyn Hacker
[ Between How Line Look Obliged Particular Phrases Poetry Puts Sentence Sentences Syntax Tension Together Translate Triple Verse Whom Words Working Writer]
For while the subjects of poetry are few and recurrent, the moods of man are infinitely various and unstable. It is the same in all arts. John Drinkwater
[ Arts Few Infinitely Man Moods Poetry Recurrent Same Subjects Unstable Various While]
In the television age, the key distinction is between the candidate who can speak poetry and the one who can only speak prose. Richard M. Nixon
[ Age Between Candidate Distinction Key Only Poetry Prose Speak Television]
Alchemy is the art of far and near, and I think poetry is alchemy in that way. It's delightful to distort size, to see something that's tiny as though it were vast. Robert Morgan
[ Alchemy Art Delightful Distort Far Near Poetry See Size Something Think Though Tiny Vast Way Were]
When I was younger, I felt it was my duty to wake people up. I thought poetry was asleep. I thought rock 'n' roll was asleep. Patti Smith
[ Asleep Duty Felt Poetry Rock Roll Thought Up Wake Younger]
I think that concrete poetry seems to have, as far as I can see, come to a kind of a dead end. It doesn't seem to be going any further than it went in its high period of about five or six years ago. James Laughlin
[ Ago Any Come Concrete Dead End Far Five Further Going High Kind Period Poetry See Seem Seems Six Than Think Went Years]
Never fear: Thank Home, and Poetry, and the Force behind both. Wilfred Owen
[ Behind Both Fear Force Home Never Poetry Thank]
Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that. Mary Oliver
[ Basket Empty Into Life Make Out Poetry Profession Put Something Way Your]
I wrote some bad poetry that I published in North African journals, but even as I withdrew into this reading, I also led the life of a kind of young hooligan. Jacques Derrida
[ African Also Bad Even Into Journals Kind Led Life North Poetry Published Reading Some Withdrew Wrote Young]
To me, Doors fans were always the 16-year-old idiots at parties, getting stoned, and talking about how Morrison's lyrics were like poetry... like that was a deep thought. Bruce McCulloch
[ Always Deep Doors Fans Getting How Idiots Lyrics Morrison Parties Poetry Stoned Talking Thought Were]
My friends never talk to me about my poetry because they're embarrassed that I write it or they're embarrassed by what I write about which are not such extraordinarily terrifying things, but they are the state of human existence. Peter Davison
[ Because Embarrassed Existence Extraordinarily Friends Human Never Poetry State Such Talk Terrifying Things Which Write]
Poetry does not consist of words alone; there must be sentiment and fancy, combination and arrangement. Samuel Prout
[ Alone Arrangement Combination Consist Does Fancy Must Poetry Sentiment Words]
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. Robert Frost Poetry
[ Emotion Found Poetry Thought Words]
Why should poetry have to make sense? Charlie Chaplin
[ Make Poetry Sense Should Why]
With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion. Edgar Allan Poe
[ Been Passion Poetry Purpose]
I am grateful for - though I can't keep up with - the flood of articles, theses, and textbooks that mean to share insight concerning the nature of poetry. A. R. Ammons
[ Am Articles Concerning Flood Grateful Insight Keep Mean Nature Poetry Share Textbooks Theses Though Up]
If there were no poetry on any day in the world, poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an intolerable hunger. Muriel Rukeyser
[ Any Day Hunger Intolerable Invented Poetry Were World Would]
There is something about poetry beyond prose logic, there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired. Edward Young
[ Admired Beyond Explained Logic Mystery Poetry Prose Something]
Poetry is innocent, not wise. It does not learn from experience, because each poetic experience is unique. Karl Shapiro
[ Because Does Each Experience Innocent Learn Poetic Poetry Unique Wise]
Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world. Archibald MacLeish
[ Concerned Events Feel Feelings Journalism Look Poetry World]
I certainly can't speak for all cultures or all societies, but it's clear that in America, poetry serves a very marginal purpose. It's not part of the cultural mainstream. Mark Strand
[ America Certainly Clear Cultural Cultures Mainstream Marginal Part Poetry Purpose Serves Societies Speak Very]