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 : 107
Perfect May

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

Change Poem

The moment of change is the only poem.

- Adrienne Rich

Times True Poet

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

- Alfred de Musset

Mind Private

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

Know Therefore

'Therefore' is a word the poet must not know.

- Andre Gide

Poem Might

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

- Anne Stevenson

Read Poems

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.

- Anne Stevenson

More Finer

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

- Aristotle

My Life Been

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

- Charles Olson

Equal Never

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

- Charles Simic

Poem Wanted

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

- Charles Simic

Made Must

Poetry must be made by all and not by one.

- Comte de Lautreamont

Poem Cannot

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.

- David Carradine

Nature Key

Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.

- David Hare

Which Aims

If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.

- Jim Morrison

Race Human

Poetry is the mother-tongue of the human race.

- Johann Georg Hamann

Expect Poem

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

- John Barton

Other Poems

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

- John Barton

Nothing Possess

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.

- John Cage

I Am Nothing

I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry.

- John Cage

Suffering Suffer

You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.

- John Ciardi

Truth Lies

Poetry lies its way to the truth.

- John Ciardi

Die Green

He could not die when trees were green, for he loved the time too well.

- John Clare

Dancing Foot

Dancing is the poetry of the foot.

- John Dryden

Words Poems

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

- John Fowles


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

See Prophecy

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

- John Ruskin

Born Poem

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

- Jose Bergamin

Mostly Read

I read mostly poetry.

- Joshua Sasse

Voice Gave

I gave my voice to poetry.

- Juan Felipe Herrera

Been Lives

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

Life Distilled

Poetry is life distilled.

- Gwendolyn Brooks

Turned Ode

I intended an Ode, And it turned to a Sonnet.

- Henry Austin Dobson

Die Like

I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet.

- Bob Dylan

Easy Define

It's not easy to define poetry.

- Bob Dylan

May Surface

It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs: only about a third of their bulk appears above the surface of the page.

- Howard Nemerov

Poem Making

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

- Howard Nemerov

Feel Away

A poet must be a psychologist, but a secret one: he should know and feel the roots of phenomena but present only the phenomena themselves in full bloom or as they fade away.

- Ivan Turgenev

Shadow Asking

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

- Carl Sandburg

Biscuits Synthesis

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

- Carl Sandburg

Door Through

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

Poet Necessary

Poetry is necessary, but is the poet?

- Carlos Drummond de Andrade

Love Still

I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.

- Carol Ann Duffy

Joy Explosion

The quietest poetry can be an explosion of joy.

- James Broughton

Always Most

Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.

- James Joyce

However Prose

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

- James Schuyler

Music Making

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

- Dennis Gabor

Waiting Like

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.

- Don Marquis

Truth Always

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.

- Jean Cocteau

Bother Nor

A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.

- Jean Cocteau

Audience Expect

A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an audience to understand all the nuances.

- Douglas Dunn

Brief Would

I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.

- Edgar Allan Poe


Poetry is the deification of reality.

- Edith Sitwell

Evidence Burning

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

- Leonard Cohen

Sir Mere

Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.

- George Farquhar

Forget Let Us

The poet may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.

- Lionel Trilling

Line Though

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

Only Itself

Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry.

- Georges Braque

Dead Cliche

The cliche is dead poetry.

- Gerald Brenan

Through Means

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

- M. H. Abrams

Memory Always

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

- Philip Levine

Going Shape

A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.

- Salman Rushdie

Which His

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

Thoughts Burn

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.

- Thomas Gray

Alone World

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

- Thomas Hardy

Painting Silent

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

- Plutarch

Best Words

Poetry: the best words in the best order.

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Daily Life Creator

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty.

- Rainer Maria Rilke


Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.

- Muriel Rukeyser

Like Write

I like to write poetry.

- Rebecca Ferguson

Art Gardens

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

- Marianne Moore


Poetry is all nouns and verbs.

- Marianne Moore

Pain Poem

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

- Mark Strand

Poem Turned

Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.

- Mark Strand

About Perversion

The job of the poet is to render the world - to see it and report it without loss, without perversion. No poet ever talks about feelings. Only sentimental people do.

- Mark Van Doren

Concerned Images

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

Most Powerful Most

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.

- Rita Dove

Reason Heals

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.

- Novalis

See Ears

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

- Octavio Paz

Perfect Poet

God is the perfect poet.

- Robert Browning

Words Poem

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

- Stephane Mallarme

Emotion Found

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

- Robert Frost

Begins Homesickness

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

- Robert Frost

Lost Translation

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

- Robert Frost

Money Either

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

- Robert Graves

Money Neither

If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money.

- Robert Graves

Love Before

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.

- W. H. Auden

World Looks

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.

- Wallace Stevens

How Poems

How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.

- Robert Penn Warren

Making Which

The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is, rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life.

- Robert Penn Warren

Homecoming Sort

Poetry is a sort of homecoming.

- Paul Celan

Everyone Tries

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

Emotions Delicate

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

Will Birch

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

- Paul Muldoon

Prose Eloquence

Eloquence is the poetry of prose.

- William C. Bryant

Art Which

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

Never Poem

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

- Paul Valery

Expression Means

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

Communicate Before

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

- T. S. Eliot

Mature Steal

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.

- T. S. Eliot