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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
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular. Aristotle
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. Mario Cuomo
Poetry was invented as an mnemonic device to enable people to remember their prayers. Peter Davison
I would like to spend more time with Spanish poetry. I know French better than Spanish, but Spanish was my first language, and my father spoke it to us. Helen Vendler
I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do. David Antin
The banner of the project is 'Casa de Colores.' Under that banner, I'm going to invite people to do a lot of good things. Perhaps working in groups, working on poetry. Juan Felipe Herrera
When I really want to be soothed and reminded of why people bother to fiddle with sentences, I often read poetry. Nicholson Baker
Any reflection about poetry should begin, or end, with this question: who and how many read poetry books? Octavio Paz
I cannot speak for more than an hour exclusively about poetry. At that point, life itself takes over again. Wislawa Szymborska
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
I think the novel is not so much a literary genre, but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers. The novel receives streams of science, philosophy, poetry and contains all of these; it's not simply telling a story. Jose Saramago
Narrative art, the novel, from Murasaki to Proust, has produced great works of poetry. Eugenio Montale
There are so many things that poetry is about, one of which is memory. Peter Davison
One of the most treasured books that I own is Donald Allen's 'The New American Poetry, 1945-1960.' It was a totem of great importance and potency to my group of writer friends in college from 1960 to 1964. Peter Coyote
When I am writing fiction, I believe I am much better organized, more methodical - one has to be when writing a novel. Writing poetry is a state of free float. Margaret Atwood
However, poetry does not live solely in books or in school anthologies. Eugenio Montale
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
Rap and spoken word have reawakened the country to poetry in itself. Texting and Twitter encourage creative uses of casual language, in ways I have celebrated widely. But we've fallen behind on savoring the formal layer of our language. John McWhorter
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
This career essentially chased me down while I was on the spoken-word scene in New York. I kept hearing that my delivery of my poetry - which was very personal and cathartic at the time- was very moving to folks. People thought that I was an actress because of my delivery, when I was just dropping into the work and really pouring out my soul. Sonja Sohn
Anybody serious about poetry knows how hard it is to achieve anything worthwhile in it. Seamus Heaney
Poetry is the communication through words of certain experiences that can be communicated in no other way. John Drinkwater
Slowly poetry becomes visual because it paints images, but it is also musical: it unites two arts into one. Eugenio Montale
The poetry and transgression that was so much of surrealism's anarchic force has been recruited into mainstream culture. It has been made commonplace by television and magazine merchandising, by computer games and Internet visuals, by film and MTV, by the fashion shoot. Graham Joyce
I wrote poetry off and on in high school, when I could manage to get out of gym classes and sports - using my allergies as an excuse - and climb the hill behind school till I found a nice place to settle down with a notebook and look at Spokane spread out below. Carolyn Kizer
The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair. Jose Bergamin
I was writing poetry, and the Mountain Goats was an outgrowth of that. John Darnielle
In a meadow full of flowers, you cannot walk through and breathe those smells and see all those colors and remain angry. We have to support the beauty, the poetry, of life. Jonas Mekas
Superstition is the poetry of life. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I think what will happen is that fiction will become more like poetry. As in, the only people who read it will write it. Gary Shteyngart
There is a gap in my work from '84 to 2002, 18 years where I stopped writing. I was working at fiction and other things and starting a school and getting married and starting a family, but I wasn't writing poetry for the better part of 15 years. Philip Schultz
Suddenly, everyone wanted to talk to me, it seemed. And not about my poetry: it was my dyslexia they were most interested in. Philip Schultz
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
Everybody interprets things differently with their own perception, and I want poetry to pull out of them their own feelings. John Trudell
When I hit a block, regardless of what I am writing, what the subject matter is, or what's going on in the plot, I go back and I read Pablo Neruda's poetry. I don't actually speak Spanish, so I read it translation. But I always go back to Neruda. I don't know why, but it calms me, calms my brain. Tea Obreht
Money is everywhere but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets. Federico Fellini
Not all poetry wants to be storytelling. And not all storytelling wants to be poetry. But great storytellers and great poets share something in common: They had something to say, and did. Sarah Kay
Poetry is a vocation. It is not a career but a calling. Edward Hirsch
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
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
But poetry is my life. Poetry is what matters to me. Peter Davison
Memory and poetry go together, absolutely. It is a matter of preserving and of remembering things. Lisel Mueller
I didn't read poetry seriously until college, when I really began to devour it in a very intense way. I also discovered that a poet is a maker. Before that, I thought a poet was someone who wrote about his own experiences. Edward Hirsch
I define poetry as celebration and confrontation. When we witness something, are we responsible for what we witness? That's an on-going existential question. Perhaps we are and perhaps there's a kind of daring, a kind of necessary energetic questioning. Because often I say it's not what we know, it's what we can risk discovering. Yusef Komunyakaa
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
My favourite room in my house is easily the top room, which is a bedroom but also a bathroom, with a big, wooden carved bath, two huge fireplaces and a raised bit in the corner for performances. I've had some really lovely parties and poetry readings up there. Deborah Moggach
I don't want to, in any way, characterize a race or a people or get accused of racial profiling, but the Irish, as lyrical and romantic as they can be in their poetry, they can be every bit as repressed in their personal relations. Stephen Lang
Science arose from poetry... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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
The voice is raised, and that is where poetry begins. And even today, in the prolonged aftermath of modernism, in places where 'open form' or free verse is the orthodoxy, you will find a memory of that raising of the voice in the term 'heightened speech.' James Fenton
Poetry can't cure cancer, but it can save your life until you die. Maurice Saatchi
I intended an Ode, And it turned to a Sonnet. Henry Austin Dobson
I think poetry is the only domain where a writer you like can truly be said to influence you, because you read and reread a poem so many times that it simply drills itself into your head. Michel Houellebecq
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
I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything. Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants. Howard Nemerov
You can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what's in your heart. Carol Ann Duffy
Metaphorical tone deafness is when people are unable to discern what is of value in something. I think I'm tone deaf to poetry, for instance. Despite having studied it into a second year of university, most of it just leaves me cold. Julian Baggini
The idea that myth is the opposite of knowledge, or the opposite of truth, is simply to disallow it. It is like saying poetry is the opposite of truth. Marilynne Robinson
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
I think poetry should be read very much like prose, except that the line breaks should be acknowledged somehow. Jonathan Galassi
The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. Gilbert K. Chesterton
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
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
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Some people think that English poetry begins with the Anglo-Saxons. I don't, because I can't accept that there is any continuity between the traditions of Anglo-Saxon poetry and those established in English poetry by the time of, say, Shakespeare. And anyway, Anglo-Saxon is a different language, which has to be learned. James Fenton
Well you can't teach the poetry, but you can teach the craft. David Hockney
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
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
Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony. Horace Walpole
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
I am for poetry that is admired by peasant and aristocrat alike. F. Sionil Jose
I don't think I've ever read poetry, ever. Eminem
Sometimes poetry, it is incomprehensible. But we need incomprehensible stuff! It is very healthy to talk about incomprehensible things! It is very healthy! We need it! Roberto Benigni
Poetry, being supremely useless, by its very existence represents a protest against the so-called 'real world' of busy-ness and moneymaking, so we must embrace, salute and support our poets. Tom Hodgkinson
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 Kerry
In poetry you can express almost inexpressible feelings. You can express the pain of loss, you can express love. People always turn to poetry when someone they love dies, when they fall in love. Erica Jong
However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence, there can't be much to it. James Schuyler
The moment of change is the only poem. Adrienne Rich
Poetry is, first and last, language - the rest is filler. Mark Strand
I was born in a world of opera, theatre, films, poetry, art, and therefore, out of the wire, I made a stage. That's why they call me a high wire artist. Philippe Petit
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
A lot happens by accident in poetry. Howard Nemerov
Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket. Charles Simic
I go to the gym, do some martial arts, and I love poetry. I have a tattoo of my family crest, and another on my back that says 'The Road Not Taken,' which is a poem by Robert Frost. Steven R. McQueen
The poetry from the eighteenth century was prose; the prose from the seventeenth century was poetry. David Hare
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
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
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
Conversation may be compared to a lyre with seven chords - philosophy, art, poetry, love, scandal, and the weather. Anna Jameson
I keep trying to define 'poetry,' but it's so difficult. Jack Gleeson
I began my writing life as a poet, so poetry has always been fundamental. I evolved from poetry to journalism to stories to novels. But poetry was always there. Ben Okri
From my teenage years on, I sought out Native elders from many tribal nations and listened to their words. I also started a small press, The Greenfield Review Press, and became very involved with publishing the work of other American Indian authors, especially books of poetry. Joseph Bruchac
The residue of religion in my work appears as a modified transcendentalism, and the positivist scientific side of my thought appears as concreteness and realism. The effort to reconcile the two is at the core of all my poetry. Louis Dudek
There have always been great defenses of poetry, and I've tried to write mine, and I think all of my work and criticism is a defense of poetry to try and keep something alive in poetry. Edward Hirsch
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
Tom Sleigh's poetry is hard-earned and well founded. I great admire the way it refuses to cut emotional corners and yet achieves a sense of lyric absolution. Seamus Heaney
I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet. Bob Dylan
Fiction is supposed to be immersive and supposed to be entertaining and narrative, so structures have to be buried a little bit. If they come foregrounded too much, it stops being fiction and starts being poetry - something more concrete and out of time. Eleanor Catton
I know some people might think it odd - unworthy even - for me to have written a cookbook, but I make no apologies. The U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins thought I had demeaned myself by writing poetry for Hallmark Cards, but I am the people's poet so I write for the people. Maya Angelou
The idea of how to read a poem is based on the idea that poetry needs you as a reader. That the experience of poetry, the meaning in poetry, is a kind of circuit that takes place between a poet, a poem and a reader, and that meaning doesn't exist or inhere in poems alone. Edward Hirsch
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
Thanks partly to the kind of poets that we now have and partly to funding, there's been a gigantic shift in the way poetry is perceived... Poems on the Underground, poets in schools, football clubs, zoos. Andrew Motion
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
In Lithuania, I am known as a poet, and they don't care about my cinema. In Europe, they don't know my poetry; in Europe, I am a filmmaker. But here, in the United States, I am only a maverick! Jonas Mekas
Oh, I wish I organized my books. But I don't. I'm not an organized person. The best I can do is put the books I really like in one sort of general area, and poetry in another. Elizabeth Strout
I grew up in a household that had its roots in church and community and culture and poetry and song and in the arts. Those aspects certainly shaped what I do. Robert Battle
Poetry is not Irish or any other nationality; and when writers such as Messrs. Clarke, Farren and the late F. R. Higgins pursue Irishness as a poetic end, they are merely exploiting incidental local colour. Patrick Kavanagh
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
Poetry comes alive to me through recitation. Natalie Merchant
I have frequently noticed in myself a tendency to a diffuse style; a disposition to push my metaphors too far, employing a multitude of words to heighten the patness of the image, and so making of it a conceit rather than a metaphor, a fault copiously illustrated in the poetry of Cowley, Waller, Donne, and others of that ilk. Sidney Lanier
I write poetry anyway and have for years and years. For me, putting fiction and poetry together is like the best of both worlds. Ellen Hopkins
I love all kinds of music. My dad's from London, so he loves David Bowie, the Stones, The Clash. I grew up with that influence while loving poetry and loving all kinds of current music. Adam Hicks
Pound's translation of Chinese poetry was maybe the most important thing I read. Eliot a little bit later. Robert Morgan
Poetry had far better imply things than preach them directly... in the open pulpit her voice grows hoarse and fails. F. L. Lucas
A song is a short composition for voice and instruments. It is a piece of sung poetry set to music. It is usually only a few minutes long. Russell Smith
Poetry brings all possible experience to the same degree: a degree in the consciousness beyond which the consciousness itself cannot go. Laura Riding
Learn poetry by heart. If you know a poem by heart, no one can take it away from you, and you can take advantage of it anytime. Raymond Aubrac
Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes. Joseph Roux
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
In Northern Ireland, helicopters are not usually used to promote poetry. Seamus Heaney
One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way. Paul Muldoon
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
Poetic talent doesn't operate in a vacuum. There is a spirit of Polish poetry. Wislawa Szymborska
Marriage - a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose. Beverley Nichols
A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress. Lord Byron
The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ; it contains both of them in a state of high development, and epitomizes both. Victor Hugo
Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. Don Marquis
I grew up in New York City. In elementary school, I was a charter member of the Scribble Scrabble Club, and in high school, my poems were published in an anthology of student poetry. Gail Carson Levine
My first book was poetry, but I didn't write it first. I wrote it third. So my first two books were prose. Tao Lin
I don't think you can read poetry while you're watching television very well. Edward Hirsch
Gregory Corso used to get really pissed when people called Bob Dylan a 'poet.' After writing poetry for a few years, I can understand that. Steve Earle
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
A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds. Percy Bysshe Shelley
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
Poetry proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together. Jacques Maritain
My dream is that people will find a way back home, into their bodies, to connect with the earth, to connect with each other, to connect with the poor, to connect with the broken, to connect with the needy, to connect with people calling out all around us, to connect with the beauty, poetry, the wildness. Eve Ensler
I guess the thing that I'm most proud of is that I kept on writing poetry. I understand that poetry is sort of the source of everything I do. It's the source of my creativity. Erica Jong
Thomas Davis was a great man where poetry is concerned, and a better than Thomas Moore. All over Ireland his poetry is, and he would have done other things but that he died young. Lady Gregory
When you're writing fiction or poetry... it really comes down to this: indifference to everything except what you're doing... A young writer could do worse than follow the advice given in those lines. Raymond Carver
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
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
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
I find a lot of poetry to be narcissistic. Joni Mitchell
I have a deep and ongoing love of Iceland, particular the landscape, and when writing 'Burial Rites,' I was constantly trying to see whether I could distill its extraordinary and ineffable qualities into a kind of poetry. Hannah Kent
Poetry is a lousy form of activism; it doesn't really change much. And maybe we can point to one or two historical times when a poem has started a revolution or a rebellion or an uprising, but it doesn't happen that often, and if you put the number of poems next to the number of political acts, it would be pretty slim. Daphne Gottlieb
Poetry is man's rebellion against being what he is. James Branch Cabell
When I was a teenager, just about the only thing I could do right was play music. In my graduating class, I was certainly not voted 'Most Literary Boy.' I can assure you I was not voted 'Mostly Likely to Succeed.' I was voted 'Most Musical Boy.' And the music led to the poetry. Robert Pinsky
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
I think it was T.S. Eliot who talked about good poetry being felt before it's understood. I believe that. There are some bands where I love their lyrics but I don't have a clue what they're on about. Marcus Mumford
The poet existed among the cave men; he will exist among men of the atomic age, for he is an inherent part of man. Even religions have been born from the need for poetry, which is a spiritual need, and it is through the grace of poetry that the divine spark lives forever in the human flint. Saint-John Perse
'Life's That Way' was an extraordinarily difficult book to write, because it wasn't written as a book. It was written as a journal of events that were happening as I wrote it, without the space or time either to digest or analyze those events and without the hindsight and peace that writing in the aftermath would have provided. Jim Beaver
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. Robert Frost
To me, art begets art. Painting feeds the eye just as poetry feeds the ear, which is to say that both feed the soul. Susan Vreeland
I think when kids just see well-crafted poetry, it's just obtuse to them. It's hard to relate to. Jewel
Without touching my subject I want to come to the moment when, through pure concentration of seeing, the composed picture becomes more made than taken. Without a descriptive caption to justify its existence, it will speak for itself - less descriptive, more creative; less informative, more suggestive - less prose, more poetry. Ernst Haas
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
I read a little bit of nonfiction and a lot of poetry. I think of poetry as my shot of whiskey when I don't have time to savor a whole bottle of wine. Alice McDermott
A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry, unless, of course, the life has been made into an art. Mark Strand
Writing poetry, which for me was then saying how I felt about this and that, didn't help me to understand the world I lived in. Grace Paley
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
Poetry is really a way of sharing feelings and ideas. Caroline Kennedy
Poetry has, in a way, been my bridge to my acting career. Omari Hardwick
Personally I always feel like I could use a little more of poetry apothegmatic power in my own work but we're always lacking something. Junot Diaz
Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare - and precious as a pearl. Tahar Ben Jelloun
I was a good college kid, all-American and baseball-playing, living in the dorms with a million barbarians. I did not expect to be claimed by Fitzgerald hook, line, and sinker. 'This Side of Paradise' - that sweet, sophomoric pastiche of notes, scenes, poetry, and plays - I felt like he'd written the book just for me. Ron Carlson
I write all the time - I write poetry, I love to write. Colin Quinn
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
In the writing of poetry we never know anything for sure. We will never know if we have 'trained' or 'practised' enough. We will never be able to say that we have reached grade eight, or that we have left the grades behind and are now embarked on an advanced training. James Fenton
I think poetry can help children deal with the other subjects on the curriculum by enabling them to see a subject in a new way. Carol Ann Duffy
Prose cannot compete with the economy of poetry, the ability to have a full artistic experience in a short period of time. Mary Karr
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
One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose. Voltaire
When I was in college, I wrote poetry very seriously, and then once I had started writing short stories, I didn't go back to poetry, partially because I felt like I understood how incredibly difficult it was. Elizabeth McCracken
There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory. Philip Levine
Society's dark hull drifts further and further away. It is this place - the place of our separation, our distinction - that much of his poetry occupies. Tomas Transtromer
Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry. Gustave Flaubert
I believe poetry has very little to do with memory. Nick Flynn
One can't write for all readers. A poet cannot write for people who don't like poetry. Nathalie Sarraute
Poetry consists in a rhyming dictionary and things seen. Gertrude Stein
I have written some songs, but I would really call what I've done poetry at the end of the day, because I'll sit with my guitar for hours and hours on end for, like, a week and then I won't touch it for a month. I also just have no confidence. And you know what? I don't have time, because I'd rather be doing other things, like knitting. Amanda Seyfried
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
When you're going through something, whether it's a wonderful thing like having a child or a sad thing like losing somebody, you often feel like 'Oh my God, I'm so overwhelmed; I'm dealing with this huge thing on my own.' In fact, poetry's a nice reminder that, no, everybody goes through it. These are universal experiences. Caroline Kennedy
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. Rita Dove
I wanted to write poetry almost a little more than I wanted to eat. Paul Engle
I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it. Marianne Moore
Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases. William Shenstone
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
Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness. Alice Walker
Dismissals of poetry are nothing new. It's easy to dismiss poetry if one has not read much of it. Natasha Trethewey
Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Written poetry is different. Best thing is to see it in performance first, then read it. Performance is more provocative. Adrian Mitchell
Poetry, I think, intensifies the reader's experience. If it's a humorous facet of the story, poetry makes it more exuberant. If it's a sad facet, poetry can make it more poignant. Vikram Seth
For me, poetry was... the fastest way to express what I was feeling, what I was going through. Shane Koyczan
I write poetry, and I put it to a beat - I mean, that's what they call rap. Keith Stanfield
I want to write a play. I'd like to do an original musical. I should probably put together a poetry collection. Neil Gaiman
Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. Don Marquis
Students often have such a lofty idea of what a poem is, and I want them to realize that their own lives are where the poetry comes from. The most important things are to respect the language; to know the classical rules, even if only to break them; and to be prepared to edit, to revise, to shape. Yusef Komunyakaa
All I knew about Ethiopia was from a few records that I like, as well as what I read about the famine. But you get there and it's another world. It's filled with art and music and poetry and intellectuals and writers - all kinds of people. Flea
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
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
As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines. Thomas Babington Macaulay
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
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
I despair of ever writing excellent poetry. Isaac Rosenberg
I don't want to bury anything in poetry. Sharon Van Etten
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
I was one of those dark, quiet kids that wrote poetry. Rick Springfield
Granted, I'm someone who loves words. I've always loved poetry - so it's suited to me. Aimee Bender
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
Poetry was the first step, and from the age of 18, there was nothing else I wanted to do. Christopher Koch
From the catbird seat, I've found poetry to be the necessary utterance it has always been in America. Natasha Trethewey
The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one. John Ruskin
You know, people speak in poetry all the time. They just don't realize it. Sherman Alexie
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
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
I don't think I've ever read poetry, ever. I'm not really book-smart. Eminem
I have been writing poetry since 1975. My first poetry book was published in 1986. Taslima Nasrin
Unfortunately, poetry is not born in noise, in crowds, or on a bus. There have to be four walls and the certainty that the telephone will not ring. That's what writing is all about. Wislawa Szymborska
The attitude that poetry should not be analyzed is prevalent among many who consider themselves experts on children's literature. But I suspected that kids like to look closely at things and figure out what makes them go. X. J. Kennedy
Let me read you some of my poetry. My poetry just takes me to another level. Rick Fox
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
To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry. Paul Rand
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
It was actually a women's writing group I belonged to in graduate school that gave me the courage to move from poetry to fiction. Mary Gordon
Poetry is one of the few nasty childhood habits I've managed to grow out of. Tom Holt
For the last 15 years that I have been performing, all I ever wanted to do was transcend poetry to the world. See, it wasn't enough for me to write a book. It wasn't enough for me to join a slam competition, and while those things hold weight, it wasn't the driving force that pushes the pen to the pad. Lemon Andersen
Usually, I am a compulsive person, and I need - sometimes urgently - to paint... Painting is close to poetry, is a kind of poetry expressed visually. It has to be spontaneous, rapid - at least in my case. Etel Adnan
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
To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one. John Ruskin
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
When I was in college, I did do some writing of poetry, somewhat inspired, I think at that time, by Carl Sandburg, because English was still relatively new to me, and Sandburg, of course, wrote in a very easy-to-understand, very colloquial and informal manner. Lisel Mueller
I started out as a writer. Poetry and prose and also kind of satirical David Sedaris-esque stuff. Pauley Perrette
Romantic poetry had its heyday when people like Lord Byron were kicking it large. But you try and make a living as a poet today, and you'll find it's very different! Alan Moore
Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing. Edmund Burke
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. Carl Sandburg
I can find some way to make poetry out of my life's experiences. Shelby Lynne
I liked to write from the time I was about 12 or 13. I loved to read. And since I only spoke to my brother, I would write down my thoughts. And I think I wrote some of the worst poetry west of the Rockies. But by the time I was in my 20s, I found myself writing little essays and more poetry - writing at writing. Maya Angelou
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
I graduated with a B.A. from Goddard College in 1991 and then studied poetry for a year in the M.F.A. in Writing Program at Vermont College. Jennifer McMahon
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
Poetry is partly sympathy, don't you think? If it's any good, it gets people to think about others' points of view. Edwin Morgan
But I don't think that poetry is a good, to use a contemporary word, venue, for current events. Diane Wakoski
To different minds, poetry may present different phases. To me, the reverent faith of the people I lived among, and their faithful everyday living, was poetry; blossoms and trees and blue shies were poetry. God himself was poetry. Lucy Larcom
For a lot of people, well-meaning teaching has made poetry seem arcane, difficult, a kind of brown-knotting medicine that might be good for you but doesn't taste so good. So I tried to make a collection of poetry that would be fun. And that would bring out poetry as an art, rather than the challenge to say smart things. Robert Pinsky
Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Good poets have written in order to describe something or to preach something - with their eye on the object or the end. The essence of the poetry does not lie in the thing described or in the message imparted but in the resulting concrete unity, the poem. Louis MacNeice
The irony is, going to work every day became the subject of probably my best poetry. Philip Levine
I'm not a 'long writer' and have never wanted to write a novel or even a novella. Poetry, like flash fiction, provides a readily accessible canvas to play with. Whether to express an emotion or share a vignette, these forms are often interchangeable. Marge Simon
I'm a storyteller: the crux of the matter is to reach beauty, poetry; it doesn't matter if that is comedy or tragedy. They're the same if you reach the beauty. Roberto Benigni
A grain of poetry suffices to season a century. Jose Marti
My dad is a Jack Nicholson lookalike and a frustrated performer, my mother's into reading and poetry. I suppose the thing I owe them most is my confidence. Michael Sheen
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
I heard Nirvana, and discovered that songs could be like poetry, but a little bit more refined: you didn't have to have 20 verses to get your point across. Justin Townes Earle
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
Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly. Anne Stevenson
You pick up loads of baggage with your first record with reaction to it from fans and critics. So I went to Ireland by myself for a couple of weeks with my guitar. I read lots of poetry, I read Patti Smith's autobiography and started words and phrases and then songs started to take shape. Ellie Goulding
The quietest poetry can be an explosion of joy. James Broughton
In a war situation or where violence and injustice are prevalent, poetry is called upon to be something more than a thing of beauty. Seamus Heaney
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
Photography, painting or poetry - those are just extensions of me, how I perceive things; they are my way of communicating. Viggo Mortensen
Elaine Equi has been publishing her observant, often playful poetry for some 30 years, extending and deepening the range of her intrinsically wry voice. Floyd Skloot
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
I love the simple poetry of theater, where you can stand in a spotlight on a stage and wrap a coat around you, and say, 'It was 1860 and it was winter...' Gary Oldman
A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman. Wallace Stevens
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
If epic poetry is a definite species, the sagas do not fall within it. Lascelles Abercrombie
I am absolutely convinced that my life was redeemed by poetry. Felix Dennis
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
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
I learn poetry, learn text, and that really keeps you alive. Anthony Hopkins
I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat. Alfred Edward Housman
I don't like the word 'poetry,' and I don't like poetry readings, and I usually don't like poets. I would much prefer describing myself and what I do as: I'm kind of a curator, and I'm kind of a night-owl reporter. Tom Waits
Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry. Charles Baudelaire
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
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
Poetry stands or falls by its music. John Burnside
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
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
I have a publishing company of books by me and books of others. It drew people to poetry readings and photo exhibitions and painting exhibitions that I've been doing for years before that. Viggo Mortensen
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
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
The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual. John Muir
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
Poetry carries its history within it, and it is oral in origin. Its transmission was oral. Its transmission today is still in part oral, because we become acquainted with poetry through nursery rhymes, which we hear before we can read. James Fenton
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
I am a writer, which means I write stories, I write novels, and I would write poetry if I knew how to. I don't want to limit myself. Aleksandar Hemon
Poetry helps me understand who I am. It helps me understand the world around me. But above all, what poetry has taught me is the fact that I need to embrace mystery in order to be completely human. Yusef Komunyakaa
Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted. Percy Bysshe Shelley
What is more beautiful than a sea of water with a number of white-winged boats skirting its surface? Poetry and beauty contesting with the wind and the waves! George Matthew Adams
We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words. John Fowles
Poetry's always dead, you know? You don't realize how good poetry is until 15 years later. Richard Hell
A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself. E. M. Forster
I didn't write anything at all except book reports until I was in seventh grade, and then I wrote mostly poetry for myself. Cynthia Voigt
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
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
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
Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel. Marilyn Hacker
I definitely used to write a lot at school. Comic poetry and drawings about people. Sally Phillips
There's a level at which, if you take poetry seriously, the focus it involves... that never goes away. Guy Gavriel Kay
It's like I understand images and some people understand poetry. Samantha Morton
Nowadays, what an award gives is a sense of solidarity with the poetry guild, as it were: sustenance coming from the assent of your peers on the judging panel. Seamus Heaney
I have been in love with Emily Dickinson's poetry since I was 13, and, like an anonymous post on findagrave.com says, 'Dear Emily - I hope I have understood.' Emily's poems are sometimes difficult, often abstract, on occasion flippant, but her mind is inside them. Helen Oyeyemi
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
The experience of poetry could bring my mother back to me. Poetry offers a different kind of solace - here on earth. Natasha Trethewey
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
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
In 'A Poetics of Optics,' Equi writes that 'all images bank on alchemy.' This idea captures her fundamental sense of poetry as turning common material into something rare and valuable. Floyd Skloot
Poetry is adolescence fermented, and thus preserved. Jose Ortega y Gasset
I came into music because I thought the presentation of poetry wasn't vibrant enough. So I merged improvised poetry with basic rock chords. That was my original mission. Patti Smith
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
The biggest problem is people are afraid of poetry, think they can't understand it or that it will be boring. Caroline Kennedy
America's liberal arts universities have long been safe zones for leftist thinking, protected ivory towers for the pseudo-elite who earn their livings writing papers nobody reads about gender roles in the poetry of Maya Angelou. Ben Shapiro
If I'm feeling desperate, I'll go out image-hunting. I'll go to news agents and stand at the rack flicking through magazines or go to second-hand bookshops. And then, bit by bit, like concrete poetry, I start to realise that I am drawn to particular things, and then I start wondering why that is. Gary Hume
San Diego shaped me a lot. The visual landscapes, the emotional panoramas, the teachers and mentors I had from the third grade through San Diego High - it's all a big part of the poetry fountain that I continue to drink from. Juan Felipe Herrera
Poetry is not easy. Or should I say, real poetry is not easy. Robert Pinsky
Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality. James Joyce
I felt like my favorite writers have almost musical hooks in their work, whether it's poetry or a hook at the end of a chapter that makes you want to read the next one. And I think that my favorite writers definitely have something musical about what they do, in saying something so relatable and universal and so simple. Taylor Swift
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
I had always been literary, in the sense of loving poetry and discovering novels, but I found my voice, as they say, in an office full of elderly people who looked after blind ex-servicemen. Andrew O'Hagan
Poetry is the language we speak in the most terrifying or ecstatic passages of our lives. But the very word poetry scares people. They think of their grade school teachers reciting 'Hiawatha' and they groan. Erica Jong
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
Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild. Denis Diderot
My father would tell me if I wasn't writing in meter verse, it wasn't poetry. John Darnielle
Poetry lies its way to the truth. John Ciardi
I find great consolation in having a lot of poetry books around. I believe that writing poetry and reading it are deeply intertwined. I've always delighted in the company of the poets I've read. Edward Hirsch
I think the poetry that came out of Belfast, and especially the Queen's University set, in the 1970s and '80s - you know, Paul Muldoon and Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon and Ciaran Carson - that was probably the finest body of work since the Gaelic renaissance, up there with the work of Yeats and Synge and Lady Gregory. Adrian McKinty
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
In the French language, there is a great gulf between prose and poetry; in English, there is hardly any difference. It is a splendid privilege of the great literary languages Greek, Latin, and French that they possess a prose. English has not this privilege. There is no prose in English. Victor Hugo
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
I really enjoy English and poetry and writing classes. Taylor Momsen
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
I've written some poetry I don't understand myself. Carl Sandburg
Poetry is what Milton saw when he went blind. Don Marquis
The Lord's Prayer is the most perfect piece of poetry. I always feel at peace and moved when I recite it. Mary Quant
As a kid, I loved 'Godot' because of the poetry and the humor and the strangeness, but then as you get older, it's much more resonant. Nathan Lane
Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people. Adrian Mitchell
Poetry is a form of necessary speech... I have sought to restore the aura of sacred practice that accompanies true poetic creation, to honor both the rational and the irrational elements of poetry. Edward Hirsch
The difficulty with poetry is that it doesn't have the life that Shakespeare or Jane Austen have beyond the page. You can't make a costume drama out of it. There's no place for it to go except trapped inside its little book. Simon Schama
If you were going to choose a way of making your way in this world and a place to start from, you might not choose poetry and you might not choose Huddersfield. Simon Armitage
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
Science is for those who learn, poetry is for those who know. Joseph Roux
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
Never fear: Thank Home, and Poetry, and the Force behind both. Wilfred Owen
Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven! Lord Byron
Poetry itself hasn't been well served by poets who fled to the margins. Edward Hirsch
Well, I like to write poetry. I'm a published poet. Misha Collins
Rap is poetry set to music. But to me it's like a jackhammer. Bette Midler
In every culture, in every language, there is expressive play, expressive word play; there's language use to different purposes that we would call poetry. Edward Hirsch
Bottom line, I have to follow what my soul says, or my spirit. And my spirit said that poetry and the arts should be without borders, should be without political borders. Joy Harjo
'The Dante Club' was one of America's most important book clubs, as their Wednesday night meetings ultimately led to our country's first exposure to Dante's poetry on a wide scale. Matthew Pearl
I was kind of an outcast in school 'cause I always kept to myself and was writing poetry and then going on tour with my brother band all the time, so kids didn't know what to make of me. Christina Perri
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 Holmes
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
When I was in college, I really liked poetry. I don't read much anymore. Steve Martin
The poetry community here has been extraordinarily welcoming. George Murray
I've always used poetry to explain myself to myself. These things just sat in my psyche and then came out. Jonathan Galassi
It could be that all awful dictators are frustrated artists - Mao with his poetry and Mussolini with his monuments. Stalin was once a journalistic hack, and I can personally testify to how frustrated they are. Pol Pot left a very edgy photo collection behind. And Osama seems quite interested in video. P. J. O'Rourke
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
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
I used to write stories and poetry, but for some reason I have it in my head that if I'm going to write, I have to write a script. Melanie Lynskey
Poetry privileges music and is aesthetically more challenging. Prose privileges information and is emotionally more challenging. Mary Karr
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
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
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
I've never written poetry. I'm not a poet, but I think the nearest you get is either the short story or the novella, in that you can't waste a word. There is no hiding place: everything's got to be seen to relate, and the prose counts. Susan Hill
Poetry, for me, is the answer to, 'How does one stay sane when private lives are being ransacked by public events?' It's something that hangs over your head all the time. Lisel Mueller
A play is basically a long, formalistic polemic. You can write it without the poetry, and if you do, you may have a pretty good play. We know this because we see plays in translation. Not many people speak Norwegian or Danish or whatever guys like Ibsen spoke, or Russian - yet we understand Chekhov and the others. David Mamet
The great function of poetry is to give back to us the situations of our dreams. Gaston Bachelard
The creative act amazes me. Whether it's poetry, whether it's music, it's an amazing process, and it has something to do with bringing forth the old out into the world to create and to bring forth that which will rejuvenate. Joy Harjo
In high school I was very much involved in poetry. You cannot read a poem quickly. There's too much going on there. There are rhythms and alliterations. You have to read poetry slow, slow, slow to absorb it all. Eugene H. Peterson
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
There isn't, even now, a great tradition of novel-writing in Afghanistan. Most of the literature is in the form of poetry. Khaled Hosseini
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea. John Updike
And I know I'm supposed to feel guilty for wanting people to buy my books... and books in general? Novels and poetry, they belong to the realm of art. How dirty of us to try to hawk art! But, after a decade of hand-wringing and apologies, I can't quite muster the guilt anymore. Julianna Baggott
I'm sorry, man, but I've got magic. I've got poetry in my fingertips. Most of the time - and this includes naps - I'm an F-18, bro. And I will destroy you in the air. I will deploy my ordinance to the ground. Charlie Sheen
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
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
Comedy was something I picked up trying to perfect my art through spoken word. I got on YouTube just to show off my poetry, and then people thought I was funny, so I ran with it. Spoken Reasons
When I was young, I read everything I could lay my hands on, but the Scots in my storybooks spent their time fighting glorious battles, rowing across lochs, or escaping over moors of purple heather. Even those Scots were hard to find. For at school, we recited poetry according to the set texts the teachers taught us. Theresa Breslin
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
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
I am often asked why I started to write poetry. The answer is that my motivation sprang from a visceral need to creatively articulate the experiences of the black youth of my generation, coming of age in a racist society. Linton Kwesi Johnson
If I have to make a self-portrait, I would put poetry and rebellion on the list. To be able to walk on a wire, to be able to juggle six hoops, you need focus, another word for tenacity, which is passion. Philippe Petit
You're shadowed by your own dream, especially as you get older, of trying to create something that will last in poetry. And so, you're working on its behalf. Edward Hirsch
I like poetry when I don't quite understand why I like it. Poetry isn't just a question of wrapping something up and giving it to someone else to unwrap. It just doesn't work like that. Mark Haddon
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
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
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
When truth has no burning, then it is philosophy, when it gets burning from the heart, it becomes poetry. Muhammad Iqbal
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
Gil Thorpe is a great diversion and is to book writing as poetry is to prose. Jerry B. Jenkins
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: If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy. Muhammad Iqbal
Few rappers realize the genre sprang from West African griots through Delta slave songs to jazz poetry and the comedic trash talk of 'the dozens.' Quincy Jones
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
My mum always liked poetry, and she had pictures on the wall, so there was this visual stuff around. Gary Hume
Poetry is a beautiful way of expressing feelings - happy, sad, angry, caring. It's also a way that we share with other people, to help them with those feelings. Mattie Stepanek
Poetry is a sort of homecoming. Paul Celan
People want poetry. They need poetry. They get it. They don't want fancy work. Mary Oliver
Theater is far superior to film in poetry, in abstract poetry. Julie Taymor
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
With my fiction, I focused on chapters and overall conceptions, while in poetry, I crawled along in the trenches of each sentence, examining every word for a sign of a deeper significance. Philip Schultz
I think that it's more likely that in my 60s and 70s I will be writing poetry rather than fiction. Robert Morgan
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
When I was 18, I took a trip to Thailand with a friend. We stayed for a month. Bangkok was very raw for a teenager: there were no cellphones, no Internet, and the only music I had with me was this cassette by Liz Phair. I was writing a lot of poetry, and she embodied a talky style of songwriting that I found very accessible. Jenny Lewis
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. Robert Frost
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
Poetry had great powers over me from my childhood, and today the poems live in my memory which I read at the age of 7 or 8 years and which drove me to desperate attempts at imitation. Bayard Taylor
There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry. Emily Dickinson
My first spoken word poem, packed with all the wisdom of a 14-year-old, was about the injustice of being seen as unfeminine. The poem was very indignant, and mainly exaggerated, but the only spoken word poetry that I had seen up until that point was mainly indignant, so I thought that that's what was expected of me. Sarah Kay
And the second question, can poetry be taught? I didn't think so. Norman MacCaig
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
Prior to Wordsworth, humor was an essential part of poetry. I mean, they don't call them Shakespeare comedies for nothing. William Collins
I don't live for poetry. I live far more than anybody else does. Charles Olson
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
Personality is everything in art and poetry. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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
Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter. Victor Hugo
Spoken word poetry is the art of performance poetry. I tell people it involves creating poetry that doesn't just want to sit on paper, that something about it demands it be heard out loud or witnessed in person. Sarah Kay
What is beautiful enchants me. I mean not just physical beauty but a wider concept of beauty. There is beauty in poetry and in great musical or singing performances. There is beauty everywhere if you can just see it. Andrea Bocelli
My wife has been my greatest earthly inspiration. She excels in eloquence, the poetry of words, empathy and graciousness. George W. Romney
I began to write poetry in high school, and would ride miles over sandy roads in the fine hills around Cedar Rapids, repeating the lines over and over until I had them right, making some of the rhythm of the horse help. Paul Engle
Great poetry does not have to be technically intricate. James Fenton
Publishing the lyric books, poetry or comics of other musicians I know. That's the thing I really want to break into! Frank Iero
When I was writing pretty poor poetry, this girl with midnight black hair told me to go on. Carl Sandburg
Every now and then I read a poem that does touch something in me, but I never turn to poetry for solace or pleasure in the way that I throw myself into prose. J. K. Rowling
Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings. Umberto Eco
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
Poetry, fiction as novels or short stories - these are autonomous as created by their authors. They should stand on their own, like pieces of furniture that should be judged as to their usefulness, elegance. F. Sionil Jose
Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth. June Jordan
Let my life as Poet begin. I want the life of the Poet. I have labored for over twelve years, one thousand pages of prose. Now, I want the easiness of poetry. The brevity of the poem. Maxine Hong Kingston
All poetry is an ordered voice, one which tries to tell you about a vision in the un-visionary language of farm, city, and love. Paul Engle
I've always written poetry and lyrics. My first husband, who was a musician, we wrote a bunch of songs together. P. J. Soles
Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them. Charles Simic
I do not go in search of poetry. I wait for poetry to visit me. Eugenio Montale
I'm a poet, and I spent my life in poetry. Edward Hirsch
We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry. Maria Mitchell
I never think about poetry except when I'm writing it. I mean my poetry. Norman MacCaig
I can recite poetry, but I cannot write it. Irrfan Khan
I have been enlightened. I have fallen into poetry and it has swallowed me up. Keith Haring
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
I had feelings that I didn't know what to do with, and I felt better when I started writing them. I thought of it as poetry. I did notice girls really liked it. Better than football. They liked the combination. Edward Hirsch
When I was younger, I was so crazy about poetry that I didn't notice who was noticing. It seemed to me so tremendous and large. Robert Hass
All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry. Gustave Flaubert
Why do writers, say, give up a job in economics and decide to write poetry? Or, why do they give up a job in a bank and decide to paint, like Krishan Khanna? They want to convey something. Vikram Seth
Poetry is what gets lost in translation. Robert Frost
Auden said poetry makes nothing happen. But I wonder if the opposite could be true. It could make something happen. Carol Ann Duffy
I believe in the power of poetry, which gives me reasons to look ahead and identify a glint of light. Mahmoud Darwish
All voices are important, and yet it seems that people of color have a lot to say, particularly if you look through the poetry of young people - a lot of questions and a lot of concerns about immigration and security issues, you name it - big questions. Juan Felipe Herrera
You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you. Joseph Joubert
I always wrote poetry as a teenager and it was always so dark, but it made me feel good to get it out. Pink
Poetry should be able to reach everybody, and it should be able to appeal to all levels of understanding. Peter Davison
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
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
My mother carried on and supported us; her ambition had been to write poetry and songs. Philip Levine
Let's say intelligence is your ability to compose poetry, symphonies, do art, math and science. Chimps can't do any of that, yet we share 99 percent DNA. Everything that we are, that distinguishes us from chimps, emerges from that one-percent difference. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Music has a poetry of its own, and that poetry is called melody. Joshua Logan
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
Existential philosophy, poetry and art - just like sadness - were all unavoidable to a tender young man in the meat works. Michael Leunig
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
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
And if they haven't got poetry in them, there's nothing you can do that will produce it. Norman MacCaig
Poetry is the mother-tongue of the human race. Johann Georg Hamann
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
I've often said that all poetry is political. This is because real poems deal with a human response to reality and politics is part of reality, history in the making. Even if a poet writes about sitting in a glass house drinking tea, it reflects politics. Yehuda Amichai
Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things. Matthew Arnold
Lapped in poetry, wrapped in the picturesque, armed with logical sentences and inalienable words. Anatole Broyard
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
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. Gustave Flaubert
On a summer night it can be lovely to sit around outside with friends after dinner and, yes, read poetry to each other. Keats and Yeats will never let you down, but it's differently exciting to read the work of poets who are still walking around out there. Michael Cunningham
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. W. H. Auden
I chose poetry. Actually, poetry chose me. Joy Harjo
Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity. Walter Mosley
The mystical poetry of William Blake's artwork also forms the basis for the album cover. Bruce Dickinson
I have published in 'The New Yorker,' 'Holiday,' 'Life,' 'Mademoiselle,' 'American Heritage,' 'Horizon,' 'The Ladies Home Journal,' 'The Kenyon Review,' 'The Sewanee Review,' 'Poetry,' 'Botteghe Oscure,' the 'Atlantic Monthly,' 'Harper's.' Paul Engle
The first question at that time in poetry was simply the question of honesty, of sincerity. George Oppen
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
The blood jet is poetry and there is no stopping it. Sylvia Plath
Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it. Percy Bysshe Shelley
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
Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite expressions. Joseph Roux
The rules or 'laws' of poetry are only tentative devices, an approximate scheme. There is no Sinaitic recipe for poetry, for the individual poem is the norm. Louis MacNeice
God is the perfect poet. Robert Browning
I owe my discovery of the Hot Club of Cowtown to Kinky Friedman, leader of the Texas Jewboys. When I saw that Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys were headlining the 2003 Santa Clarita Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, I thought it my duty to check out the band that had inspired the Texas Jewboys. Clive Sinclair
If I don't write down a thought - or an image or a line of poetry - the instant it comes to mind, it vanishes, which explains why I have pens and notebooks in my pants and coat pockets, the car, the bicycle basket, on one or two desks in every room including bathrooms and the kitchen. Floyd Skloot
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
The reason why we do maths is because it's like poetry. It's about patterns, and that really turned me on. It made me feel that maths was in tune with the other things I liked doing. Marcus du Sautoy
I love to read poetry but I haven't written anything that I'm willing to show anybody. Abraham Verghese
Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented. Mark Strand
Poetry and music are very good friends. Like mommies and daddies and strawberries and cream - they go together. Nikki Giovanni
What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music. Soren Kierkegaard
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
Most of the time, as an artist, I can be self-indulgent, fulfilling my own impulses, embracing imagery that contains poetry on my own terms, without immediate regard to an audience or the particular placement of my finished work. Clifford Ross
I wanted to reimagine the role, in a way that was respectful of its traditional responsibilities but made them part of a wider pattern of poetry about national incidents, events, preoccupations; and to spend a great deal of time going to schools trying to demystify poetry. Andrew Motion
No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results? John Barton
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
I aspire to a poetry of great formal integrity, deep passion and high intellect, and I have many models for how to do that. Edward Hirsch
Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch's brew. Anthony Hecht
Stylized acting and direction is to realistic acting and direction as poetry is to prose. Elia Kazan
When you act, you've got to be like a poet or a musician. It's not about evidence before court. It's not a forensic subject. It's poetry; it's a completely different place. Rhys Ifans
I accept all interpretations of my films. The only reality is before the camera. Each film I make is kind of a return to poetry for me, or at least an attempt to create a poem. Bernardo Bertolucci
There is something about poetry beyond prose logic, there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired. Edward Young
Though my poems are about evenly split between traditionally formal work that uses rhyme and meter and classical structure, and work that is freer, I feel that the music of language remains at the core of it all. Sound, rhythm, repetition, compression - these elements of my poetry are also elements of my prose. Floyd Skloot
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
I think the first time I really heard poetry was in the schoolyard. Just the little limericks that kids say when they're jumping rope and playing games. I think that's the first time I heard rhyming words - I don't know if I'd call that the definitive poetry, but that's when I heard rhyming words said and not necessarily sung. Jill Scott
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
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
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life. Jean Giraudoux
I wrote poetry before I wrote songs, and T.S. Eliot was my inspiration. I love his honesty and try to bring that to my own songwriting. Gabrielle Aplin
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
In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you. Abbas Kiarostami
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
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
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 Millington Synge
I started writing poetry in high school because I wanted desperately to write, but somehow, writing stories didn't appeal to me, and I loved the flow and the feel and sense of poetry, especially that of what one might call formal verse. L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
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
I'd never really been content with just churning out these slim volumes every three or four years. I've always tried to think of poetry as an active ingredient in the language rather than just something that appears between the covers of thin books. Simon Armitage
I don't write poetry and then strum some chords and then fit the words on top of the chords. Andrew Bird
I often read poetry to 'warm up' before I write. Amity Gaige
Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly. T. S. Eliot
No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers. Horace
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
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
Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. Novalis
The idea that a poem was a made thing stayed with me, and I decided then that I wanted to be an artist, not just a diarist. So I put myself through a kind of apprenticeship in writing poetry, and I understood even then that my practice as a poet was deeply related to my reading. Edward Hirsch
Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do. Stephen Spender
In poetry, everything can be faked but the intensity of utterance. Seamus Heaney
The muse, the beloved, and duende are three ways of thinking of what is the source of poetry, and all three seem to me different names or different ways to think about something that is not entirely reasonable, not entirely subject to the will, not entirely rational. Edward Hirsch
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
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
The obsessions of others are opaque to the unobsessed, and thus easy to mock. NASCAR, jazz, baseball, roses, poetry, quilts, fishing. If we're lucky, we all have at least one. Roberta Smith
My films are an extension of my poetry, using the white screen like the white page to be filled with images. James Broughton
Shakespeare is rhythmic; he is musical in the sense that he likes poetry, and he's musical because he constantly refers to settings where there's singing and dancing. Kenneth Branagh
Well, I still write poetry, but I wouldn't call myself a poet. David Duchovny
I see poetry as a path toward new understanding and transformation, and so I've looked at specific poems I love, and at poetry's gestures in the broadest sense, in an effort to feel and learn what they offer from the inside. Jane Hirshfield
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
As I got older, I really got into Tupac's poetry, his books and just learning about his life and what he was into. Jhene Aiko
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
I love Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. I also love more cerebral poets like H.D. and Emily Dickinson. My parents subscribed to a monthly poetry periodical, and as a teenager I was introduced to Denise Levertov, who was an influence. Francesca Lia Block
I wish I'd been better able to resist the sense of obligation to write some of the poems I did. It's in the nature of commissioned work to be written too much from the side of your mind that knows what it's doing, which dries up the poetry. Andrew Motion
In the language of poetry, where every word is weighed, nothing is usual or normal. Not a single stone and not a single cloud above it. Not a single day and not a single night after it. And above all, not a single existence, not anyone's existence in this world. Wislawa Szymborska
Poetry is not a genre in harmony with the modern world; its innermost nature is hostile or indifferent to the dogmas of modern times, progress and the cult of the future. Octavio Paz
You watch an old 'Jeopardy!' and the categories alone are very plain. 'Poetry,' or 'Movies,' or 'Physics.' If you watch it now, though, there'll be a theme board where the categories are all Hitchcock movies. Lots more jokes, lots more high-concept categories and questions. Ken Jennings
Surrealism is not a poetry but a poetics, and even more, and more decisively, a world vision. Octavio Paz
Bad, quirky poetry might be better than some of the good stuff, because it really comes from the heart. Cheryl Hines
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
If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money. Robert Graves
I read mostly poetry. Joshua Sasse
Form is endlessly interesting to me, and I love poetry as a formal enterprise. Mary Szybist
In a general way, I want to be a kind of flag-waver, bunting hanger-up, drum-beater, you name it, for poetry. Andrew Motion
I like to give and get basically anything (I love to read) but especially fiction and poetry. Suzan-Lori Parks
I have piles of poetry books in the bathroom, on the stairs, everywhere. The only way to write poetry is to read it. Carol Ann Duffy
My first book was an adult novel, 'Down Among the Gods,' published by Virago, and I've written poems as well, a slim volume of poetry. Kate Thompson
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. Ed Koch
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
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
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
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
As long as there's been poetry, there have been lamentations. Edward Hirsch
True poetry is similar to certain pictures whose owner is unknown and which only a few initiated people know. Eugenio Montale
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
Poetry and lyrics are very similar. Making words bounce off a page. Taylor Swift
There is no real way to categorize McLean's 'American Pie' for its hybrid of modern poetry and folk ballad, beer-hall chant and high-art rock. Douglas Brinkley
You don't have to live in a garage to write great poetry. Felix Dennis
I'm not a writer. I think I can write short stories and poetry, but film writing, brilliant film writing, is a talent - you can't just do it like that. Samantha Morton
A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote. Yevgeny Yevtushenko
One of the things that distinguishes poetry from ordinary speech is that in a very few number of words, poetry captures some kind of deep feeling, and rhythm is the way to get there. Rhythm is the way the poetry carries itself. Edward Hirsch
When I arrived at Columbia, I gave up acting and became interested in all things French. French poetry, French history, French literature. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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
Against barbarity, poetry can resist only by confirming its attachment to human fragility like a blade of grass growing on a wall while armies march by. Mahmoud Darwish
Poetry is a totally different art than film. Stan Brakhage
It's bad poetry executed by people that can't sing. That's my definition of Rap. Peter Steele
In the United States, in poetry workshops, it's now quite a thing to make graduate students learn poems by heart. Seamus Heaney
I must say, when I reread myself, it's the poetry I tend to look at. It's the most exciting to write, and it's over the quickest. John Updike
The sort of poetry I seek resides in objects man can't touch. E. M. Forster
The sources of poetry are in the spirit seeking completeness. Muriel Rukeyser
I found that it wasn't so oddball to like music and poetry and visual arts, they're kindred spirits. J. Carter Brown
Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers. Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Poetry is all nouns and verbs. Marianne Moore
I had a strong propensity, which I still have, to be invisible. In grade school, I'd try to disappear and become formless. I lived in a very imaginary world. I loved poetry and wrote my first novel when I was 9. It was about a little girl and the people she met in the woods. Amanda Plummer
The middle class is doing fine in fiction. But it's not what gets me going. I love the working class, and everyone from it I've met, and think they're incredibly witty, inventive - there's a lot of poetry there. Martin Amis
I'm not really one for fancy, big words and poetry, and the scriptwriters worked very hard on 'Paradise Lost' to translate it. Callan McAuliffe
While I was in junior high, I wrote an entire essay in rhyme about manufacturing in New York State. In high school, I won a Scholastic poetry contest. Jane Yolen
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
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
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
Why should poetry have to make sense? Charlie Chaplin
Poetry was one of the things that interested me most as I was growing up. I used to write it in my head all the time. I still think the very greatest pleasure in life is to write a poem. Claire Tomalin
Fiction will always be my greatest love, with poetry close behind. J. Courtney Sullivan
Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. Jorge Luis Borges
But I am not political in the current events sense, and I have never wanted anyone to read my poetry that way. Diane Wakoski
Nothing I had written before 'Mary Poppins' had anything to do with children, and I have always assumed, when I thought about it at all, that she had come out of the same wall of nothingness as the poetry, myth and legend that had absorbed me all my writing life. P. L. Travers
I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty. Edgar Allan Poe
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
When I rap, I get to express myself in a way where putting words together is like poetry, and sometimes it's better to talk in certain expressions than sing, you know? So I love, I love to rhyme when I want to express certain things. Wyclef Jean
In traditional Asian arts, the word and the picture always sit next to each other. I have an aunt, a Chinese brush painter, who told me that when you do a Chinese brush painting, you have to pair the image up with some poetry. Gene Luen Yang
Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away. Carl Sandburg
On a practical level, poetry isn't something anybody has really made a great living at. I might sell some books and, once in a while, someone might pay to hear me read. Viggo Mortensen
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
Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore. Wallace Stevens
I think rap music is rap music. I mean, are there heavy writing aspects of it? Absolutely. In a sense, is it poetry? Yeah. I've heard that so much, growing up in a house with poetry. But I think people like to use that as a shortcut for who's good and who's not. It's like the word 'lyrical' - 'lyrical' is the worst word in the entire world. Earl Sweatshirt
Everyone sort of sees his own life and times as being ephemeral. One thinks that everything good or important that happened, happened in the past. But I think that seeing scenes that you are used to, but with the heightening effects of poetry, perhaps makes you value your life and times more than you might otherwise do. Vikram Seth
The sense of flowing, which is so crucial to song, is also crucial to poetry. Edward Hirsch
One problem we face comes from the lack of any agreed sense of how we should be working to train ourselves to write poetry. James Fenton
Verse in itself does not constitute poetry. Verse is only an elegant vestment for a beautiful form. Poetry can express itself in prose, but it does so more perfectly under the grace and majesty of verse. It is poetry of soul that inspires noble sentiments and noble actions as well as noble writings. Victor Hugo
I think book clubs should read more contemporary poetry. Chang-Rae Lee
Poetry's a thing that belongs to everyone. Natasha Trethewey
I like it when someone gives me a new book of poetry by a poet I haven't read. Nell Freudenberger
And there are a lot more people reading poetry, but there are not so many people reading an individual poet. Peter Davison
I don't think Auden liked my poetry very much, he's very Anglican. Stevie Smith
Rap is rhythm and poetry. Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well. Ajay Naidu
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
Let's detox our cluttered academic brain. That's what the poet does. People call it daydreaming, detoxing our minds and taking care of that clutter. It's being able to let in call letters from the poetry universe. Juan Felipe Herrera
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
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
Reading poetry gives me a sense of calm, well-being, and love for humanity - the same stuff more flexible women get from yoga. J. Courtney Sullivan
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
Nobody ever told me what to read, or ever put poetry in my way. Isaac Rosenberg
In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime. Phyllis McGinley
People who read poetry, for example, like the feel, the heft and the smell of a book. Simon Armitage
On the subject of literary genres, I've always felt that my response to poetry is inadequate. I'd love to be the kind of person that drifts off into the garden with a slim volume of Elizabethan verse or a sheaf of haikus, but my passion is story. J. K. Rowling
Poetry is meant to inspire readers and listeners, to connect them more deeply to themselves even as it links them more fully to others. But many people feel put off by the terms of poetry, its odd vocabulary, its notorious difficulty. Edward Hirsch
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
When you are writing literary writing, you are communicating something subtextual with emotions and poetry. The prose has to have a voice; it's not just typing. It takes a while to get that voice. Joyce Carol Oates
I did literature at university, so I had a real relationship with poetry, but they don't make many films about the world of a poet. Alice Eve
I started writing poetry as a teenager in suburban Chicago out of emotional desperation. Edward Hirsch
I enjoy listening to contemporary rock on the college stations while I'm taking long walks, love gospel and soul music, am fascinated by hip-hop and rap as the new kind of urban 'beat' poetry and, come to think of it, find something interesting about just any kind of music. Oscar Hijuelos
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
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
My poetry is the most disappointing thing for me that I've ever written. When I say I can write everything, I don't say I can write everything well. Jess Walter
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
One has only as much morality as one has philosophy and poetry. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Gradually I find that my whole soul is merging itself into this business of writing, and especially of writing poetry. I am going to try it; and am going to test, in the most rigid way I know, the awful question whether it is my vocation. Sidney Lanier
Whereas with poetry no one has to show anybody really, and you don't have to tell anyone you're doing it. Roger McGough
I saw the Village as a place you could escape to, to express yourself. When I first went there, I wrote and performed poetry. Then I drew portraits for a couple of years. It took a while before I thought about picking up a guitar. Richie Havens
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
Cut quarrels out of literature, and you will have very little history or drama or fiction or epic poetry left. Robert Staughton Lynd
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
I think poetry's always a kind of faith. It is the kind that I have. Natasha Trethewey
Poetry is the hardest thing that there is. It fascinates me, so I want to write more of it. Steve Earle
I believed in fictional characters as if they were a part of real life. Poetry was important, too. My parents had memorized poems from their days attending school in New York City and loved reciting them. We all enjoyed listening to these poems and to music as well. Alice McDermott
Poetry is a release of something previously unknown into the visible. You write to invite that, to make of yourself a gathering of the unexpected and, with luck, of the unexpectable. Jane Hirshfield
Poetry, I feel, is a tyrannical discipline. You've got to go so far so fast in such a small space; you've got to burn away all the peripherals. Sylvia Plath
Poetry is innocent, not wise. It does not learn from experience, because each poetic experience is unique. Karl Shapiro
From my music training, I knew that, some Spanish rhythms apart, 5/4 is a time signature used only in the modern era. Holst's Mars from the Planets is 5/4. But if you speak lines of poetry in that pattern you just end up hitting the off-beats. It's only when you add a rest - a sixth beat - that it sounds as it surely should sound. Nicholson Baker
Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance. Robert Frost
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal. T. S. Eliot
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
You don't make a poem with ideas, but with words. Stephane Mallarme
English poetry begins whenever we decide to say the modern English language begins, and it extends as far as we decide to say that the English language extends. James Fenton
Wine is bottled poetry. Robert Louis Stevenson
For me, I used to be shy towards journalism because it wasn't poetry. And then I realized that the events that I covered in essays that became journalism were actually great because they inspired me, and they became my muse. Alice Walker
An experienced reader uses the poem as an agent of inquiry. This makes poetry very exciting, unstable, and interactive. John Barton
There's a certain line between jokes and music and poetry that's a bit blurred in my mind. Bo Burnham
Written poetry is worth reading once, and then should be destroyed. Let the dead poets make way for others. Antonin Artaud
I play guitar; you'll find me at home strumming 'Vincent' on the guitar. I also read a lot of poetry, and Shakespeare was my first love, which was why I got into acting. A lot of the fighters are intelligent! Dave Legeno
How much money you get, depends on lots of extraneous things. It depends on how good you are at turning poetry into a marketable product, which is something it was never supposed to be. That's why many people suppose that the better the poet you are the lower your income should be, and that's probably true. Robert Bringhurst
The Scottish Highlands are incredible. There seems to be magic and poetry everywhere. Caitriona Balfe
As for political poetry, as it's usually defined, it seems there's very little good political poetry. Kenneth Koch
I think the biggest thing that I have to do is to remind people that poetry is there for us to turn to not only to remind us that we're not alone - for example, if we are grieving the loss of someone - but also to help us celebrate our joys. That's why so many people I know who've gotten married will have a poem read at the wedding. Natasha Trethewey
I'm conscious of a series of circles working its way through my life. And at this particular moment I have come round to the beginning of my writing cycle. It begins with poetry. There's hardly a day that goes past on which I don't write poetry. Ben Okri
The fact that something is in a rhymed form or in blank verse will not make it good poetry. Robert Morgan
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
Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words. Vladimir Nabokov
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
I like poems that are little games. Peter Davison
Poetry is what we do to break bread with the dead. Seamus Heaney
Painting (like poetry) chooses from universals what is most apposite. It brings together, in a single imaginary being, circumstances and characteristics which occur in nature in many different persons. Francisco Goya
Maybe it is something to do with age, but I have become fonder of poetry than of prose. Aung San Suu Kyi
You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone. John Ciardi
The poetry I grew up on is really an intense form of poetry; it's so pure and powerful. K'naan
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
In the television age, the key distinction is between the candidate who can speak poetry and the one who can only speak prose. Richard Nixon
Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art. Thomas Hardy
You know, I can imagine not writing a novel and writing poetry only. Vikram Seth
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
There are still many tribal cultures where poetry and song, there is just one word for them. There are other cultures with literacy where poetry and song are distinguished. But poetry always remembers that it has its origins in music. Edward Hirsch
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
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
I feel that I'm a poet first. Not only was poetry the first genre in which I wrote, it's the genre that serves as the basis for my practice as a writer. Floyd Skloot
I think people turn to poetry more often than they think they do, or encounter it in more ways than they think that they do. I think we forget the places that we encounter it, say, in songs or in other little bits and pieces of things that we may have remembered from childhood. Natasha Trethewey
What has always attracted me in life is poetry. Any genre can have poetry. For me, poetry contains truth. Jean Marais
The last thing a young artist should do in poetry or any other field is think about what's in style, what's current, what are the trends. Think instead of what you like to read, what do you admire, what you like to listen to in music. What do you like to look at in architecture? Try to make a poem that has some of those qualities. Robert Pinsky
I've been most happy to be an advocate for the kinds of grassroots things that people are doing who care about poetry. Natasha Trethewey
I began writing early - very, very early... I was already writing short stories for the radio and selling poems to poetry and art festivals; I was involved in school plays; I wrote essays, so there was no definite moment when I said, 'Now I'm a writer.' I've always been a writer. Wole Soyinka
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
I was actually a poetry major in college before I punted and decided to become a theater major. I wrote the poem that we put on the sauerkraut boxes in the style of Elling. Denis O'Hare
Those books of mine that are remunerative - I'm not talking about poetry here - take years to write, and I am never sure they'll be successful. So writing is a risk in more senses than one. Vikram Seth
The length and shape of the poemetto, like the greater Romantic lyric of English poetry, lends itself to retrospection and commentary. Susan Stewart
History gives you insight of the same quality of truth as poetry or philosophy or a novel. Simon Schama
I don't think it's always good to read lots of poetry. Amber Tamblyn
In writing, I want to be remembered for telling good stories in beautiful and powerful language, using the poetry of words to reflect the thematic concerns of compelling stories. Kim Edwards
I've been writing since I was 10 or 11. I started with poetry because that was the easiest thing. It just kind of came naturally. I think at that time West Coast hip hop was huge; all these kids around me were like, 'I want to be a rapper.' But I'm a white girl, not going to be a rapper. Sasha Grey
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
I recently read that it's the left brain that does all that calculating, and the right brain that does the poetry. Somehow I've veered way towards the left. I've been doing it for years. Maybe I do art to balance it out. Jason Mraz
Love is the poetry of the senses. Honore de Balzac
All through childhood, I wrote verses and mysteries. There is, for me, one connection: structure. My poetry is metrical, rhyming. Sophie Hannah
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
Women who are inclined to write poetry at all are inspired by being mad at something. Amy Clampitt
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
My poems tend to be more celebratory and lyrical, and the novels so far pretty dark. Poetry doesn't seem to me to be an appropriate tool for exploring that. John Burnside
If you put a real leaf and a silk leaf side by side, you'll see something of the difference between Homer's poetry and anyone else's. There seem to be real leaves still alive in the 'Iliad,' real animals, real people, real light attending everything. Alice Oswald
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
I think there is a poem out there for everyone, to be an entrance into the poetry and a relationship with it. Natasha Trethewey
I think many people love poetry who don't know they love it. People are sometimes afraid of poetry, or they've been introduced to poetry that doesn't speak to them. Ellen Bass
Still, language is resilient, and poetry when it is pressured simply goes underground. Diane Wakoski
There is no gender to my music. There's no male or female voice, no trite lyrics or poetry. It's much more abstract, so it lives with you longer. Yanni
Prose talks and poetry sings. Franz Grillparzer
For me, prose walks, poetry dances. James Broughton
I actually remember celebrating National Poetry Day at school; I remember having to write and read a load. Tinie Tempah
Those who have never entered upon scientific pursuits know not a tithe of the poetry by which they are surrounded. Herbert Spencer
Someone who's awake in the middle of the night is a soul consciousness when everyone else is asleep, and that creates a feeling of solitude in poetry that I very much like. Edward Hirsch
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
I've been surprised to learn how many people love poetry. It's beautiful to see that people want poetry in their lives. Peleg Top
I liked Yeats! That wild Irishman. I really loved his love of language, his flow. His chaotic ideas seemed to me just the right thing for a poet. Passion! He was always on the right side. He may be wrongheaded, but his heart was always on the right side. He wrote beautiful poetry. Chinua Achebe
The olive branch has been consecrated to peace, palm branches to victory, the laurel to conquest and poetry, the myrtle to love and pleasure, the cypress to mourning, and the willow to despondency. Dorothea Dix
You just go where poetry is, whether it's in your heart or your mind or in books or in places where there's live poetry or recordings. Joy Harjo
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
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
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
If you like the precision and concision of poetry, a page of prose is unsatisfying in a certain way. And poetry is so direct. Helen Vendler
The best argument for teaching poetry is to put a three-year-old or a four-year-old and read Dr. Seuss, or Robert Louis Stevenson, and to feel how the child and you are engaging in something that's really basic to the animal, which is passing on in these rhythmic ways, something that came from somewhere. Robert Pinsky
Some people ask, 'How do you attract the young and so many different people when your poetry is complicated and different?' I say, 'My accomplishment is that my readers trust me and accept my suggestions for change.' Mahmoud Darwish
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. Khalil Gibran
If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance can heighten its value as poetry. John Drinkwater
I was a 16-year-old girl at one point, so of course I wrote poetry. Elizabeth Edwards
Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative writing programs or in English departments. Mark Strand
Not to make too much of a claim for poetry, but this is a question that goes to the moral heart of the business of any art: 'How do you see the world, and what right do you have to see the world in the way that you do?' Robert Hass
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
I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem. Howard Nemerov
I wrote poetry, which got me into lyrics. Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Elton John pulled me into pop. I started singing with a band - just for fun - when I was 17. And pretty soon, I was thinking I could sing pop in English as well as Spanish. Gloria Estefan
I entered a poem in a poetry contest around 1987, and the poem won and I received $1,000 for it. That made me realize that maybe what I was writing was worth reading to people. After that, for some reason, I turned to novels and I've written mainly novels ever since. Sharon Creech
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
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
I grew up in a bookless house - my parents didn't read poetry, so if I hadn't had the chance to experience it at school I'd never have experienced it. But I loved English, and I was very lucky in that I had inspirational English teachers, Miss Scriven and Mr. Walker, and they liked us to learn poems by heart, which I found I loved doing. Carol Ann Duffy
The poetry of Walt Whitman. I can return again and again to these magnificent poems and still get pleasure from reading them. Robert Littell
Children seem naturally drawn to poetry - it's some combination of the rhyme, rhythm, and the words themselves. Jack Prelutsky
Somehow, the words don't have any vitality, any life to them, unless I can feel it marking on a paper. That's how I start. Once I'm off, then I switch to the laptop. I think it would all just be prose if it started on a laptop - not that what I do is poetry. Simon Schama
I thought to spend my declining years writing poetry and teaching - but that won't pay the Bergdorf's bill. I think I'll move to somewhere life is cheaper. Erica Jong
Poetry, whatever the manifest content of the poem, is always a violation of the rationalism and morality of bourgeois society. Octavio Paz
Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it. Seamus Heaney
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
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
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
Is there any purpose to translating poetry? A poem does not contain information of importance, like a signpost or a warning notice. James Buchan
Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. Thomas Gray
I'm quite sure that most writers would sustain real poetry if they could, but it takes devotion and talent. Marguerite Young
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
Poetry says the things that I can't say. I read a lot, but I never write it. Trevor McDonald
I'm not precisely saying that a really good board meeting at the MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives Coucil) makes me want to go and write poetry, but there is a pleasure in doing that sort of thing well. Andrew Motion
For whatever reason, people, including very well-educated people or people otherwise interested in reading, do not read poetry. Paul Muldoon
I'm so happy to be an advocate for poetry. Edward Hirsch
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
Religion is no more possible without prayer than poetry without language, or music without atmosphere. James Martineau
Poetry allies itself with beauty - a supreme union - but never uses it as its ultimate goal or sole nourishment. Saint-John Perse
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
I realized poetry's the thing that I can do 'cause I can stick at it and work with tremendous intensity. Philip Levine
When we were 15, my girlfriend Ruth Kaplan and I applied to the Universidad Ibero-Americana in Mexico City. We were accepted into a program that placed us with a lovely Mexican family. We lived with them for six weeks while studying Spanish poetry and Mexican anthropology. Mary Doria Russell
It's not easy to define poetry. Bob Dylan
One night, I lay awake for hours, just terrified. When the dawn finally came up - the comfortable blue sky, the familiar world returning - I could think of no other way to express my relief than through poetry. I made a decision there and then that it was what I wanted to do. Every time I pulled a wishbone, it was what I asked for. Alice Oswald
If you have so earth-creeping a mind that it cannot lift itself up to look to the sky of poetry... thus much curse I must send you, in the behalf of all poets, that while you live, you live in love, and never get favour for lacking skill of a sonnet; and, when you die, your memory die from the earth for want of an epitaph. Philip Sidney
I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so in whining poetry. John Donne
I didn't love Jim Morrison 'cause he was self-destructive. I loved him because of his work. Because of the way he merged poetry and rock-and-roll. Because he did something new. Patti Smith
Children can write poetry and then, unless they're poets, they stop when reach puberty. Dennis Potter
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
Becoming interested in poetics got me interested in theater. Theater is supposed to be poetry, you know, before it's anything else. It just doesn't fly if it isn't musical. Steve Earle
Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. Robert Frost
There's poetry in being the band that can sell out Wembley but also makes a record in a garage. I don't like doing what people expect me to do. Dave Grohl
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
After attending the gymnasium between my eighth and seventeenth years, I studied classical philology at Berlin University for two years under Boeckh and Lachmann, and with the friendly support of Emanuel Geibel and Franz Kugler, I dabbled in all sorts of poetry. Paul Heyse
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
America was based on a poetic vision. What will happen when it loses its poetry? Azar Nafisi
Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production. Joseph Brodsky
A poem in form still has to have voice, gesture, a sense of discovery, a metaphoric connection, as any poetry does. Robert Morgan
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
Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content. Alfred de Musset
Poetry is more a threshold than a path. Seamus Heaney
When I taught at the University of Houston in the Creative Writing program, we required the poets to take workshops in fiction writing, and we required the fiction writers to take workshops in poetry. Edward Hirsch
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
A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings - about human feelings and frailties. Anne Stevenson
I'm not an academic, but I've always loved poetry since I've been small. Naveen Andrews
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
What is poetry which does not save nations or people? Czeslaw Milosz
A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an audience to understand all the nuances. Douglas Dunn
Like most lit nerds, I'm a voracious reader. I never got enough poetry under my belt growing up but I do read it - some of my favorites, Gina Franco and Angela Shaw and Cornelius Eady and Kevin Young, remind me daily that unless the words sing and dance, what's the use of putting them down on paper. Junot Diaz
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
I think that a good deal of poetry and art gives us some sense of access to another's voice, perception, texture of thought, imagination. Sometimes it gives us better access to the strangeness in ourselves. Mary Szybist
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Plutarch
As an actor, there is room for a certain amount of creativity, but you're always ultimately going to be saying somebody else's words. I don't think I'd have the stamina, skill or ability to write a novel, but I'd love to write short stories and poetry, because those are my two passions. Daniel Radcliffe
Poetry is the most subtle of the literary arts, and students grow more ingenious by the year at avoiding it. If they can nip around Milton, duck under Blake and collapse gratefully into the arms of Jane Austen, a lot of them will. Terry Eagleton
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
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit. Richard Bach
Nonfiction speaks to the head. Fiction speaks to the heart. Poetry speaks to the soul. It's the essence of beauty. The essence of pain. It pleases the eye and the ear. Ellen Hopkins
The other side of it is that, despite all that, people reach out to poetry at the key moments in their lives. Paul Muldoon
Poetry and prayer are very similar. Carol Ann Duffy
Daydreaming is one of the key sources of poetry - a poem often starts as a daydream that finds its way into language - and walking seems to bring a different sort of alertness, an associative kind of thinking, a drifting state of mind. Edward Hirsch
Eloquence is the poetry of prose. William C. Bryant
The iambic pentameter owes its pre-eminence in English poetry to its genius for variation. Good blank verse does not sound like a series of identically measured lines. It sounds like a series of subtle variations on the same theme. James Fenton
I don't think of poetry as a 'rational' activity but as an aural one. My poems usually begin with words or phrases which appeal more because of their sound than their meaning, and the movement and phrasing of a poem are very important to me. Margaret Atwood
'NewsHour' is very interested in poetry, but they're also interested in not just that something's cute to add on at the end of their programming, but something that actually is integrated into the news. Natasha Trethewey
I guess I find the boundaries between poetry and prose to be somewhat permeable. Kevin Powers
Don't call my lyrics poetry. It's an insult to real poets. Bernie Taupin
At eight, I made a commitment to poetry. Until then, I thought I'd be a policeman. But I went a whole night without sleeping, and the next day the world had changed. It needed a different language. Alice Oswald
I still read Donne, particularly his love poems. Carol Ann Duffy
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
My cure for writer's block is to step away from the thing I'm stuck on, usually a novel, and write something totally different. Besides fiction, I write poetry, screenplays, essays and journalism. It's usually not the writing itself that I'm stuck on, but thing I'm trying to write. So I often have four or five things going at once. Jess Walter
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
Making love is, simply put, poetry in motion. Wale
In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well. Paul Valery
Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them. Dennis Gabor
The older I've got the less I find myself going back and re-reading or really reading new fiction or poetry. Reynolds Price
Without poetry, stories would be told in sepia. Ellen Hopkins
Poetry and prose are of equal importance to me as a reader, and there doesn't seem to be much difference in my own writing. Kevin Powers
I would admit that poetry is something more than mere communication and that if that 'something more' could be abstracted from the whole, it might well prove to be that which makes the whole a poem. Louis MacNeice
When you realize my best selling books are 'Owl Moon,' the 'How Do Dinosaur' books, and 'Devil's Arithmetic,' how can the public make sense of that! I have fans who think I only write picture books or only write SF and fantasy. I have fanatics of my poetry and are stunned to find out I write prose, too! Jane Yolen
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
I do actually dabble in a bit of poetry! And I'm yet to pen a script, but it is something that I've been telling myself I want to do. Luke Treadaway
I started out in life as a poet; I was only writing poetry all through my 20s. It wasn't until I was about 30 that I got serious about writing prose. While I was writing poems, I would often divert myself by reading detective novels; I liked them. Paul Auster
The music just tends to be a vehicle for that poetry. Mark Knopfler
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
Dylan Thomas is now as much a case history as a chapter in the history of poetry. Seamus Heaney
Poetry criticism at its worst today is mean in spirit and spiteful in intent, as if determined to inflict the wound that will spur the artist to new heights if it does not cripple him or her. David Lehman
I don't like to have a calm, orderly, quiet place to work. I often compose while driving, compose in my head. It is true that I wrote my little book, 'The Sounds of Poetry, A Brief Guide,' almost entirely in airplanes and airport departure lounges. Robert Pinsky
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
Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth - the true poet is very near the oracle. Edwin Hubbel Chapin
I never thought I'd be doing poetry books. I never really studied poetry. But the first one I did was after my mother died, and I realized that people sort of think and talk about her style and fashion, but in fact, what made her the person she was was really her love of reading and ideas. Caroline Kennedy
My old teacher's definition of poetry is an attempt to understand. Thom Gunn
Rap is poetry to music, like beatniks without beards and bongos. David Lee Roth
In poetry, I have, since very young, loved poetry in translation. The Chinese, the French, the Russians, Italians, Indians and early Celts: the formality of the translator's voice, their measured breath and anxiety moves me as it lingers over the original. Fanny Howe
If our hearts are ready for anything, we are touched by the beauty and poetry and mystery that fill our world. Tara Brach
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
What's the function of poetry? It's to express general truths, to connect with the reader and make him think: 'Wow, I've experienced that, but you've expressed it so much better.' Giles Andreae
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
You know, bad poetry I wrote in high school can still be found on the Internet, and, you know, there's a Web log of our college newspaper. You know, there's so many different stages of my creative development are sort of on-record if somebody were to choose to look for them. Lena Dunham
I think poetry was always where I went to deal with my deepest feelings. Jonathan Galassi
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. Edgar Allan Poe
I want to write a book of poetry, as well as children's stories. Bobby McFerrin
Nothing is too small. Nothing is too, quote-unquote, ordinary or insignificant. Those are the things that make up the measure of our days, and they're the things that sustain us. And they're the things that certainly can become worthy of poetry. Rita Dove
Most lyric poetry is about love, whether yearned after, fulfilled, or wistfully regretted; what isn't tends to consist of laments and cris du coeur over this, that, and the other. Michael Dirda
I've been writing since I was sixteen. At first, I wrote mostly short stories and poetry. The first thing I ever had published was a poem about a football game. It was printed in my local newspaper. Jerry Spinelli
I just discovered when I was, oh, 12 or 13, that I was very interested in language - and this showed itself as poetry. There was no looking back. Edwin Morgan
If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act. A. E. Housman
One of the things that is wonderful about hymns is that they are a sort of universally shared poetry, at least among certain populations. Marilynne Robinson
I can't understand Urdu, Bahasa or Russian, but when the Pakistani Faiz, the Indonesian Rendra and the Russian Rosdentvensky declaim, I can feel the living throb of rhythm and music, the warmth and passion of their poetry, as do the hundreds, not a mere roomful, of poetry lovers in the audience. F. Sionil Jose
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
That poetry survived in its formal agencies finally, and that prose survived to get something said. Robert Creeley
Who writes poetry imbibes honey from the poisoned lips of life. William Rose Benet
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
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
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
Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary. Walter Scott
I was trained as an actress. But I wasn't a very convincing actress, so I started doing punk poetry and then fell into doing stand-up. Jenny Eclair
When the poet is in love, he is incapable of writing poetry on love. He has to write when he remembers that he was in love. Umberto Eco
I'd like to go back to poetry again. I really, really revere good poetry. It's been my private discipline. Alice Sebold
In its truest manifestation, where it gives judgments, poetry is super-luxury. It would be interesting to see what would happen to a High Court judge if he were forced to follow the true poetic formula, doing the job for love, being forced into pubs for relief. Patrick Kavanagh
I don't think I'd have the stamina, skill or ability to write a novel, but I'd love to write short stories and poetry, because those are my two passions. Daniel Radcliffe
I took my first creative writing class when I was 24, then went onto to get a graduate degree in poetry. I've sort of never looked back from there. Paula McLain
I was completely devoted to reading and books from the age of seven. It took until I was 18 to have the confidence to write poetry. Christopher Koch
And, I mean, I think poetry does need to be met to some extent, especially, I guess, 19th century poetry, and for me, it's just been so worth the effort. It's like I'm planting a garden in my head. Jane Campion
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
Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems. John Barton
I used to buy scented poetry books on tour and read aloud to the band. Not what you'd expect, huh? Suzi Quatro
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
We explore our environment, more than we are compelled to utter poetry, when we're toddlers. We start doing that later. Before that happens, every child is a scientist. Neil deGrasse Tyson
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
I work on words, mostly, toward them being poetry or short stories, and then some of those become songs. They all find their place in the world, but they all start off in the same place. I'm always painting and drawing as well, and it's an ongoing creative assignment. P. J. Harvey
A glance at the history of European poetry is enough to inform us that rhyme itself is not indispensable. Latin poetry in the classical age had no use for it, and the kind of Latin poetry that does rhyme - as for instance the medieval 'Carmina Burana' - tends to be somewhat crude stuff in comparison with the classical verse that doesn't. James Fenton
Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it. Vincent Van Gogh
I was really drawn to spoken-word style poetry. I loved the rhythms, and for some reason, I was just drawn to this poetry as a way of expressing my feelings, because I didn't have any other outlet. Matt de la Pena
What are the sources of poetry? Love and death and the paradox of love and death. All poetry from the beginning is about Eros and Thanatos. Those are the only subjects. And how Eros and Thanatos interweave. Erica Jong
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry. William Butler Yeats
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
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
The founding father of Albanian literature is the nineteenth-century writer Naim Frasheri. Without having the greatness of Dante or Shakespeare, he is nonetheless the founder, the emblematic character. He wrote long epic poems, as well as lyrical poetry, to awaken the national consciousness of Albania. Ismail Kadare
I liked painting and drawing, and I liked humanities mainly - poetry, literature - this speculative attitude toward life. Rafael Moneo
The nerds are my favourite sort of boys - any guy with a passion - whether it be physics or film or writing or poetry even, I think it's super sweet and it's very attractive for a female. Teresa Palmer
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
I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible. Seamus Heaney
Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits. Carl Sandburg
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
My father had wanted to name me for Dylan Thomas. He had seen him speak on one of those drunken poetry tours he did. Dylan Walsh
Poetry is a domestic art, most itself when most at home. Seamus Heaney
Poetry is also the physical self of the poet, and it is impossible to separate the poet from his poetry. Salvatore Quasimodo
I was very interested in American poetry for many years. Much less now. Norman MacCaig
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. T. S. Eliot
I see poetry as spiritual medicine. Mahmoud Darwish
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
The importance of poetry is not measured, finally, by what the poet says but by how he says it. Mahmoud Darwish
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
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
Twentieth-century American poetry has been one of the glories of modern literature. Helen Vendler
It should here be added that poetry habitually takes the form of verse. John Drinkwater
Opera combines pretty basic theater and poetry, but the storyline itself is actually quite poetic and, after some digital research, taking that actual content and seeing it as undeniably poetic. John Darnielle
Poetry is a mere drug, Sir. George Farquhar
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
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
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
I gave my voice to poetry. Juan Felipe Herrera
Often I find that poems predict what I'm going to do later in my own writing, and often I find that poems predict my life. So I think poetry is the most intense expression of feeling that we have. Erica Jong
Teaching writing over the years intrudes on your own writing in important ways, taking away some of the excitement of poetry. Robert Morgan
She was the Judy Garland of American poetry. James Dickey
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
In Bonn, where I studied for a year, I changed from classical to Romance philology, taught there by its great founder, F. Diez, and at the beginning of 1852, I received the doctorate for a dissertation on the refrain in Provencal poetry. Paul Heyse
Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you. Jim Morrison
I'd say people do need some help with poetry because I think poetry just helps takes us to places that Americans aren't always accustomed to going. Edward Hirsch
Poetry, as odd as it is, and as hard to figure out as it is, many times, it's almost something that we're used to. It's kind of like a dream language that we had centuries ago, so that when we speak poetically or write a poem about what's going on, a real difficult issue that's facing our communities, people listen. Juan Felipe Herrera
The flame that is naturally clear always gives the most light and heat. If I could blend my talent for poetry and music into one, the light would burn still clearer, and I might go far. Robert Schumann
With a poetry book I can send 100 copies out to reviewers and other people, and even do it in advance and get their response. It's difficult with iPad: how do you send it out for free, and how do you even disseminate it before it goes into their store? Felix Dennis
I spent many years of my life as an economist and demographer. I was finally distracted by writing my novels and poetry. I'm enormously happy that was the case. I feel that with writing I have found my metier. Vikram Seth
I definitely wish to distinguish American poetry from British or other English language poetry. Diane Wakoski
Hip-hop is about the brilliance of pavement poetry. Michael Dyson
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
I've written for every medium except poetry, at which I suck. J. Michael Straczynski
The language of the Catholic Church - the liturgy, the prayer, the gospels - was in many ways my first poetry. Alice McDermott
If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel. Jim Morrison
Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber's wax dummy is to sculpture. Ezra Pound
Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down. Mahmoud Darwish
Sufi poetry is, in a sense, self-help poetry about how to live a decent life, how to deal with your mortality. Mohsin Hamid
The commitment to working at poetry is important because a poet is a maker, and a poem is a made thing. We have to honor our feelings by working to transform them into something meaningful and lasting. Edward Hirsch
We simply have not kept in touch with poetry. Paul Muldoon
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
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
As a schoolboy, poetry seemed defined by preciousness. It was all very rarefied. Simon Schama
When I began, poetry was very academic. You published little pamphlets from fancy presses. It was rather... chaste. There wasn't much public reading. Then there was poetry and jazz, which I don't think worked, though I love jazz. John Fuller
Writing poetry is such an intense experience that it helps to start the process in a casual or wayward frame of mind. Edward Hirsch
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
We're all just animals. That's all we are, and everything else is just an elaborate justification of our instincts. That's where music comes from. And romantic poetry. And bad novels. Elvis Costello
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
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. Percy Bysshe Shelley
Even though I am the daughter of a poet, and my stepmother is also a poet, growing up, I didn't think I could understand poetry; I didn't think that it had any relevance to my life, the feelings that I endured on a day-to-day basis, until I was introduced to the right poem. Natasha Trethewey
I developed a definition - which I think becomes less and less accurate as poetry moves into the world - that poetry was a way of speaking to the world, but fiction was a way to get the world to speak to me. Grace Paley
Poetry is for me Eucharistic. You take someone else's suffering into your body, their passion comes into your body, and in doing that you commune, you take communion, you make a community with others. Mary Karr
There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army. John Ashbery
I admire 'Adventure Time' for being a piece of art in the way that I think art should be. If you want to see it is poetry, you can, and if you don't, you can watch a fun cartoon. Rebecca Sugar
Then I discovered I loved writing poetry more than fiction. George Murray
I like cups of tea and reading books and poetry and old people things. Bindi Irwin
I don't think you can define how you acquire your imagination any more than you can define why one person has a sense of humor and another doesn't. But I certainly would lean to the side that says all those solitary hours of daydreaming were a kind of training for poetry. James Tate
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
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
I think poetry has lost an awful lot of its muscle because nobody knows any. Nobody has to memorize poetry. Peter Davison
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
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
For me, poetry is a situation - a state of being, a way of facing life and facing history. Tahar Ben Jelloun
My next project is to get back to that. Actually, to learn how to write poetry. I'm not kidding. Harry Mathews
I teach a lecture course on American poetry to as many as 150 students. For a lot of them, it's their only elective, so this is their one shot. They'll take the Russian Novel or American Poetry, so I want to give them the high points, the inescapable poets. Robert Hass
I love poetry; it's my primary literary interest, and I suppose the kind of reading you do when you are reading poems - close reading - can carry over into how you read other things. Jonathan Galassi
An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence. Raymond Chandler
He who has religion will speak poetry. But philosophy is the tool with which to seek and discover religion. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Fogs are like dreams that feed the soul, and without their mysterious embrace, childhood, courtship, poetry and the composition of music become all the more difficult. Michael Leunig
You don't help people in your poems. I've been trying to help people all my life - that's my trouble. Charles Olson
I don't think rap really fits in to 'American Idol' in the sense that I believe rap is an art form in itself more akin to poetry, more akin to drama, if you will. Nigel Lythgoe
We all need ways to express ourselves, and poetry is one of mine. Jack Prelutsky
Poetry is a vocal art for me - but not necessarily a performative one. It might be reading to oneself or recalling some lines by memory. Robert Pinsky
I am an artist, you understand? For me, a picture is like poetry. When you make art, this is not coming from an intellectual place. It's coming from the deep side of your unconscious, your soul. Alejandro Jodorowsky
Literature is a state of culture, poetry is a state of grace, before and after culture. Juan Ramon Jimenez
At school, I was never given a sense that poetry was something flowery or light. It's a complex and controlled way of using language. Rhythms and the music of it are very important. But the difficulty is that poetry makes some kind of claim of honesty. Tobias Hill
I think I would have been a writer, anyhow, in the sense of having written a story every now and then, or continued writing poetry. But it was the war experience and the two novels I wrote about Vietnam that really got me started as a professional writer. Joe Haldeman
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
Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence. Norman O. Brown
Whatever brief delights it provides, mere strangeness in poetry and prose eventually leaves us cold, especially when we suspect the writer is stretching for effect to avoid the actual life before his eyes. Roger Rosenblatt
Translated poetry filled the no-man's-land between my own work and other writers', and I found this fascinating to explore. Edwin Morgan
One thing I do know is that poetry, to be understood, must be clear. Mary Oliver
And at some point I would like to talk my publisher into doing an anthology of my poetry alongside some teen readers' poetry. It would be fun, and really wonderful to get their stuff out there. Ellen Hopkins
I have had much to learn from Sweden's poetry and, more especially, from her lyrics of the last generation. Knut Hamsun
I've written poetry since I was a kid. As the years went on, I got into writing stories and screenplays, but I always, always kept up with poetry as well. Blake Jenner
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
I come from a short fiction background, and my mom is a poet, so I've always read poetry; I've always had a lot of different influences both linguistically and musically. Lorde
I've written poetry since I was in the first grade, and it wasn't until I was a little bit older that I realized poetry could be put to music and become a song. Jordin Sparks
I like to write poetry. Rebecca Ferguson
A theology should be like poetry, which takes us to the end of what words and thoughts can do. Karen Armstrong
I just simply write as it moves me. I may be writing about a book or a movie or a person, places where I've been or something I've done. Or politics. It's going to what's on my mind at the moment. Tina Brown
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
What I wanted to do in rock 'n roll was merge poetry with sonic scapes, and the two people who had contributed so much to that were Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. Patti Smith
The poet is a specialist in something which everyone practises. Herein, poetry differs from the other arts. Everyone does not practise music or painting or even dancing, but everyone without exception puts together words poetically every day of his life. Louis MacNeice
I wrote poetry, journals, and, especially, plays for the neighborhood kids to perform. I had an ordinary, happy childhood. Nothing much was going on, but I had fun. Alex Flinn
More people are reading poetry now than at any time in the history of the human race. Andrew Motion
Plagiarism has been around far longer than the Internet. In fact, I had a poem published in 'Seventeen' magazine when I was 15 years old. About a year later I was informed that there was a girl who used that same poem to win a statewide poetry competition in Alabama. It took months for people to put together that this had happened. Megan McCafferty
I think that I have less conviction than ever that poetry matters - that poetry changes or saves anything or anyone. But, in fact, that's tremendously freeing. If it doesn't matter much, the stakes are lower and you can't really fail. It's insurrection. It's a tiny alphabet revolution. A secret. A psalm. Daphne Gottlieb
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
Drawing is a way of coming upon the connection between things, just like metaphor in poetry reconnects what has become separated. John Berger
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
There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either. Robert Graves
When I was young, I reached a point where I found myself unable to pray. I was devastated by it. I missed being able to say words in my head that I believed could be heard by a being, a consciousness outside me. That is when I turned to poetry. Mary Szybist
I would say that American poetry has always been a poetry of personal testimony. Mark Strand
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
I read pretty eclectically - fiction, non-fiction, and poetry - and I've been inspired and influenced by a number of writers. Barry Eisler
Deep feeling doesn't make for good poetry. A way with language would be a bit of help. Thom Gunn
My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity. Wilfred Owen
I did a weird thing when I was about 24. For four years I had written quite a lot of poetry, and I started reading through it and thought some of it was really good. So I burnt it all. Cliff Curtis
I've been reading poetry publicly for 20 years, and this is what you do - you express, you sometimes dig a bit to get a conversation started. That's the point of poetry. You're supposed to go, 'Hmmmm,' and 'Woooh!' Jill Scott
Poetry is not mainstream, but then neither is serious fiction, really. But I don't think there's a lot to worry about in this particular 'problem'. Why does art have to be mainstream to be significant? Jonathan Galassi
When we study Shakespeare on the page, for academic purposes, we may require all kinds of help. Generally, we read him in modern spelling and with modern punctuation, and with notes. But any poetry that is performed - from song lyric to tragic speech - must make its point, as it were, without reference back. James Fenton
When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought, you can't teach poetry. This is ridiculous. Norman MacCaig
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
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
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
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
When I began to listen to poetry, it's when I began to listen to the stones, and I began to listen to what the clouds had to say, and I began to listen to others. And I think, most importantly for all of us, then you begin to learn to listen to the soul, the soul of yourself in here, which is also the soul of everyone else. Joy Harjo
Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena, using with its own unique procedures and tools. John Barton