Poetry Quotes

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
Dream is not a revelation. If a dream affords the dreamer some light on himself, it is not the person with closed eyes who makes the discovery but the person with open eyes lucid enough to fit thoughts together. Dream - A scintillating mirage surrounded by shadows - Is essentially poetry.
Jesse Louis Jackson

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.
William Wordsworth
James burke - courtly love - poetry may first have been written...
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
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Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
Plato
Poetry often enters through the window of irrelevance.
M. C. Richards
The greatest poem is not that which is most skillfully constructed, but that in which there is the most poetry.
L. Schefe
Thinking in its lower grades, is comparable to paper money, and in its higher forms it is a kind of poetry.
Havelock Ellis
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
John ruskin - the greatest thing a human soul ever does in this...
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 cannot be translated; and, therefore, it is the poets that preserve the languages; for we would not be at the trouble to learn a language if we could have all that is written in it just as well in a translation. But as the beauties of poetry cannot be preserved in any language except that in which it was originally written, we learn the language.
Johnson
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
Jean Giraudoux
Anybody who has listened to certain kinds of music, or read certain kinds of poetry, or heard certain kinds of performances on the concertina, will admit that even suicide has its brighter aspects.
Stephen Leacock, 1912
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
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
Mario Cuomo
Any healthy man can go without food for two days - But not without poetry.
Charles Baudelaire
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
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
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
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 and say, Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
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
Poetry is the utterance of deep and heartfelt truth. The true poet is very near the oracle.
Edward Hubbell Chaplin
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
Adjectives are the potbelly of poetry.
R. Z. Sheppard, book critic
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
The office of poetry is not to make us think accurately, but feel truly.
Frederick William Robertson
Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine arts; the easiest to dabble in, the hardest to reach true perfection.
E. C. Stedman
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
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
Poetry is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake.
Lord Byron
All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)
A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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 is to hold judgment on your soul.
Henrik Ibsen, Norweigen Playwright
Through and through the world is infested with quantity. To talk sense is to talk quantities, It is no use saying the nation is large - How large? It is no use s aying that radium is scarce - How scarce? You can not evade quantity. You may fly to poetry and music and quantity and number will face you in your rhythms and your octaves.
Alfred North Whitehead
The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem.
Ralph Waldo Emerson