Poetry Quotes

Good poetry seems too simple and natural a thing that when we meet it we wonder that all men are not always poets. Poetry is nothing but healthy speech.
Henry David Thoreau
Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
Robert Frost

Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko
Donald e. knuth - the process of preparing programs for a digital...
Poetry often enters through the window of irrelevance.
M. C. Richards
Simonides - painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting...

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
Socrates
Some people go to priests others to poetry I to my friends.
Virginia
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
John Adams
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Marriage: a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
Beverly Nichols
Robert louis stevenson - wine is bottled poetry....
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
Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.
Robert Frost
There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope.
Oscar Wilde
Poetry should please by a fine excess and not by singularity. It should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost as a remembrance.
John Keats
I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry that is prose words in their best order - Poetry the best words in the best order.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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 in poetry.
Bertrand Russell
We pass the word around we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry we meditate over the literature we play the music we change our minds we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.
Lewis Thomas
Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine arts; the easiest to dabble in, the hardest to reach true perfection.
E. C. Stedman
The office of poetry is not to make us think accurately, but feel truly.
Frederick William Robertson
It is no longer possible for lyric poetry to express the immensity of our experience. Life has grown too cumbersome, too complicated. We have acquired values which are best expressed in prose.
Boris Pasternak
We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.
Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail (1979)
Courtly love - Poetry may first have been written during long periods of abstinence on the Crusades, but it would not have flourished in the cold of northern Europe without some help from the chimney.
James Burke
We have more poets thatnjudges and interpreters of poetry. It is easier to write an indifferent poem that to understand a good one.
Michel de Montaigne
I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
Socrates, In "Apology, " sct. 21, by Plato.
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
Mario Cuomo
It is written on the arched sky It looks out from every star It is the poetry of Nature It is that which uplifts the spirit within us.
John Ruskin
There is no money in poetry, but then there is no poetry in money either.
Robert Graves
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.
William Wordsworth
I take as metaphysical poetry that in which what is ordinarily apprehensible only by thought is brought within the grasp of feeling, or that in which what is ordinarily only felt is transformed into thought without ceasing to be feeling.
T. S. Eliot
Poetry is certainly something more than good sense, but it must be good sense at all events just as a palace is more than a house, but it must be a house, at least.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Kahlil Gibran
Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
Adrian Mitchell
Sooner of later that which is now life shall be poetry, and every fair and manly trait shall add a richer strain to the song.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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 we have personality and emotion know what it means to want to escape from these things.
Emily Dickinson
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Marty This tasteless cover is a good indication of the lack of musical invention within. The musical growth of this band cannot even be charted. They are treading water in a sea of retarded sexuality and bad poetry.
This Is Spinal Tap
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
Thinking in its lower grades, is comparable to paper money, and in its higher forms it is a kind of poetry.
Havelock Ellis