Monday, May 02, 2005

Poetry Quotes

and then people crowd about the poet and say to him:  "Sing for us soon again;" that is as much as to say, "May new sufferings torment your soul."  ~Soren Kierkegaard "Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.  ~André Gide The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.  ~Richard Rosen It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things.  ~Stephen Mallarme The true poet is all the time a visionary and whether with friends or not, as much alone as a man on his death bed.  ~W.B. Yeats If the author had said "Let us put on appropriate galoshes," there could, of course, have been no poem.  ~Author Unknown Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.  ~Novalis There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.  ~John Cage Only the poet has any right to be sorry for the poor, if he has anything to spare when he has thought of the dull, commonplace rich.  ~William Bolitho Who can tell the dancer from the dance?  ~William Butler Yeats Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.  ~Christopher Fry If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.  ~Thomas Hardy The poet doesn't invent.  He listens.  ~Jean Cocteau Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that.  Poetry is as precise as geometry.  ~Gustave Flaubert Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.  ~Charles Simic The only problem with Haiku is that you just get started and then ~Roger McGough To have great poets there must be great audiences too.  ~Walt Whitman 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 Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.  ~Thomas Babington Macaulay 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 You can't write poetry on the computer.  ~Quentin Tarantino Each man carries within him the soul of a poet who died young.  ~Sainte-Beuve, Portraits littéraires, 1862 Poets are mysterious, but a poet when all is said is not much more mysterious than a banker.  ~Allen Tate You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.  ~Joseph Joubert God is the perfect poet.  ~Robert Browning Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know.  ~Joseph Roux, Meditations of a Parish Priest Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.  ~Carl Sandburg The worst fate of a poet is to be admired without being understood.  ~Jean Cocteau, Le Rappel á l'ordre, 1926 Poetry is life distilled.  ~Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.  ~Thomas Gray He lives the poetry that he cannot write.  The others write the poetry that they dare not realise.  ~Oscar Wilde Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.  ~Robert Frost You don't have to suffer to be a poet.  Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.  ~John Ciardi, Simmons Review, Fall 1962 Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.  ~William Hazlitt A poet's autobiography is his poetry.  Anything else is just a footnote.  ~Yevgeny Yentushenko, The Sole Survivor, 1982 A poem is true if it hangs together.  Information points to something else.  A poem points to nothing but itself.  ~E.M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951 Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.  ~T.S. Eliot, Dante, 1920 Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows.  ~Edmund Burke Poets are


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