Author : A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Total Quotes : 67
Change Poetry

The moment of change is the only poem.

- Adrienne Rich

Ears I Believe The

I believe the poet shouldn't be in the poem at all except as a lens or as ears.

- Alice Oswald

Critic His

The only real evidence that any critic may bring before his gaze is the finished poem.

- Allen Tate

Question Came

What is the poem, after it is written? That is the question. Not where it came from or why.

- Allen Tate

Know Restate

We know the particular poem, not what it says that we can restate.

- Allen Tate

Rome Pressed

Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.

- Anatole Broyard

Poetry Might

A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings - about human feelings and frailties.

- Anne Stevenson

Me Sound

The poem, for me, is simply the first sound realized in the modality of being.

- Charles Olson

Poetry Wanted

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.

- Charles Simic

Music Like

Manipulating shadows and tonality is like writing music or a poem.

- Conrad Hall

Poetry Cannot

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.

- David Carradine

Sad Wants

The poem is sad because it wants to be yours, and cannot be.

- John Ashbery

Experiment Replicate

The reader's challenge is to replicate the experiment by reading the poem and to draw their own conclusions.

- John Barton

Poetry Expect

No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results?

- John Barton

Sequence Perfectly

Poe's saying that a long poem is a sequence of short ones is perfectly just.

- John Drinkwater

Music Give

A translation is no translation, he said, unless it will give you the music of a poem along with the words of it.

- John Millington Synge

Only The Only Thing

The only thing you can really say in a poem is what you really, really deeply believe.

- Jonathan Galassi

Poetry Born

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

- Jose Bergamin

Last Line

After the last line of a poem, nothing follows except literary criticism.

- Joseph Brodsky

Itself Even

It's a maddening thing in itself to look at an old poem of yours. To translate it is even more maddening.

- Joseph Brodsky

Next Dictates

One who writes a poem writes it because the language prompts, or simply dictates, the next line.

- Joseph Brodsky

Fast Wait

Do not wait for a poem; a poem is too fast for you. Do not wait for the poem; run with the poem and then write the poem.

- Juan Felipe Herrera

Grammys Thing

I did that Grammys thing - I did a little freeform poem.

- Beck

How Piece

What is the point of teaching how to analyse a poem or a piece of Shakespeare but not to analyse the Internet?

- Beeban Kidron

I Am Some

A poem is a naked person... Some people say that I am a poet.

- Bob Dylan

Prosper Till

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.

- Booker T. Washington

Art Words

A picture is a poem without words.

- Horace

Poetry Making

I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.

- Howard Nemerov

Confused Mystery

You go to a poem to get the mystery - and sometimes you go to get more confused.

- Brenda Hillman

Part Meant

A dark poem is meant to redeem the dark part.

- C. K. Williams

Sometimes Never

Sometimes you have a poem that you really want to write and it never happens.

- C. K. Williams

I Am Always

I am always pleased to be asked to write a poem.

- Carol Ann Duffy

See Single

I don't see that a single line can constitute a stanza, although it can constitute a whole poem.

- James Fenton

Storytelling I Think

But short films are not inferior, just different. I think the short gives a freedom to film-makers. What's appealing is that you don't have as much responsibility for storytelling and plot. They can be more like a portrait, or a poem.

- Jane Campion

I Am Like

I feel like I am in the service of the poem. The poem isn't something I make. The poem is something I serve.

- Jane Hirshfield

Cultural Erudition

A poet's cultural baggage and erudition can interfere with a poem.

- Douglas Dunn

Reading Audience

Reading a poem aloud to an audience is gestural as much as precise.

- Douglas Dunn

Music Good

A really good poem is full of music.

- Eric Whitacre

Guns Feet

To declaim freedom verses seems like a poem within a poem; freedom requires guns, it requires arms, but no feet.

- Franz Grillparzer

Art Making

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

Year Left

Back then, I couldn't have left a poem a year and gone back to it.

- Philip Levine

Think I Think

I think there is a poem out there for everyone, to be an entrance into the poetry and a relationship with it.

- Natasha Trethewey

Performance Yelling

Many performance poets seem to believe that yelling a poem makes it comprehensible. They are wrong.

- Marilyn Nelson

Writing Should

I should be writing a poem every morning but I'm not.

- Tony D'Souza

May Itself

This creature of the poem may assemble itself into a being with its own centrifugal force.

- Sharon Olds

Myself Kind

For me, a poem is an opportunity to kind of interrogate myself a little bit.

- Tracy K. Smith

Pain Poetry

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

- Mark Strand

Poetry Turned

Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.

- Mark Strand

View Prose

From the reader's view, a poem is more demanding than prose.

- Mark Strand

Want Imagine

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

Behind Sixty

Every poem probably has sixty drafts behind it.

- Mary Karr

Agriculture Song

There is no time in modern agriculture for a farmer to write a poem or compose a song.

- Masanobu Fukuoka

Dance Which

The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.

- Mata Hari

Poetry Words

You don't make a poem with ideas, but with words.

- Stephane Mallarme

Wisdom Begins

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.

- Robert Frost

Never Discovering

I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.

- Robert Frost

Bread Making

Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread.

- Pablo Neruda

Need Most

A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have.

- Wallace Stevens

Deepest Part

For what is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding: it is the deepest part of autobiography.

- Robert Penn Warren

Integrity Paragraph

For me, a paragraph in a novel is a bit like a line in a poem. It has its own shape, its own music, its own integrity.

- Paul Auster

Law Conclusion

I find purer philosophy in a Poem than in a Conclusion of Geometry, a chemical analysis, or a physical law.

- Wilfred Owen

Universe Frozen

The box was a universe, a poem, frozen on the boundaries of human experience.

- William Gibson

Poetry Never

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

- Paul Valery

Prayer Read

I read a poem every night, as others read a prayer.

- Tahar Ben Jelloun

History Memories

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.

- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Ever Edgar

My favorite poem ever was 'Annabel Lee' by Edgar Allan Poe.

- Ross Lynch

Focus Uncomfortable

I'm uncomfortable with the focus on the poet and not on the poem.

- Yusef Komunyakaa