Poetry Quotes

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
Poetry is the utterance of deep and heartfelt truth. The true poet is very near the oracle.
Edward Hubbell Chaplin
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
Lewis thomas - we pass the word around we ponder how the case is...
The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion, all in one.
John Ruskin
Robert frost - poetry is what gets lost in translation....
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
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
Jean Giraudoux
Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine arts; the easiest to dabble in, the hardest to reach true perfection.
E. C. Stedman
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
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
Frederick william robertson - the office of poetry is not to make us think...
Poetry often enters through the window of irrelevance.
M. C. Richards
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 a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Kahlil Gibran
Wine is bottled poetry.
Robert Louis Stevenson
In general, in poetry and literature, I am among those people who believe that too much is indispensable.
Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko
There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope.
Oscar Wilde
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
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
Henry David Thoreau
Adjectives are the potbelly of poetry.
R. Z. Sheppard, book critic
All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)
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
Any healthy man can go without food for two days - But not without poetry.
Charles Baudelaire
There is no money in poetry, but then there is no poetry in money either.
Robert Graves
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.
Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko
Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.
Robert Frost
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.
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
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech.
Simonides
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
Poetry is to hold judgment on your soul.
Henrik Ibsen, Norweigen Playwright
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
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
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
T. S. Eliot
I know that poetry is indispensable, but to what I could not say.
Jean Cocteau
Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
Plato
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