Poetry Quotes Page 2

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Page two continues the trend of great poetry quotes started on page one. To become a poet, who can shape words into sentences of strong meanings and deliver those words for us to enjoy is a gift that should be cherished.

Your quest for poetry quotes is likely to be fulfilled with this nest of quotes about poetry.

A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
-Jean Cocteau

The poet doesn't invent. He listens.
-Jean Cocteau

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems.
-John Barton

No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results?
-John Barton

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
-John Cage

You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
-John Ciardi

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
-John Fowles

Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts and appear almost a remembrance.
-John Keats

To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion all in one.
-John Ruskin

The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.
-Jose Bergamin

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.
-Joseph Joubert

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
-Khalil Gibran

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
-Leonard Cohen

The poet may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
-Lionel Trilling

If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem.
-M. H. Abrams

Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
-Marianne Moore

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
-Marilyn Hacker

Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.
-Mark Strand

Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.
-Mark Strand

Every single soul is a poem.
-Michael Franti

Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
-Muriel Rukeyser

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.

To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.
-Octavio Paz

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
-Oscar Wilde

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
-Oscar Wilde

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

One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.
-Paul Muldoon

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
-Paul Valery

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry is a mirror that makes beautiful that which is distorted.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley

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