Poetry Quotes

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Poetry quotes like poetry have a long ancient history. Poetry has proven that it can educate, relieve one's pain, make people happy and sad.

Often time’s poetry looks into the heart and soul of people. Because the written word possesses so much power it is not surprising that poetry can move people to strong emotions and views.

Poetry quotes are and should be forever!

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
-A. E. Housman

The moment of change is the only poem.
-Adrienne Rich

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.
-Alfred de Musset

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
-Andre Gide

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
-Anne Stevenson

A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings - about human feelings and frailties.
-Anne Stevenson

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
-Carl Sandburg

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.
-Carl Sandburg

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
-Carl Sandburg

I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.
-Carol Ann Duffy

Always be a poet, even in prose.
-Charles Baudelaire

Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.
-Charles Baudelaire

You don't help people in your poems. I've been trying to help people all my life - that's my trouble.
-Charles Olson

Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
-Charles Simic

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.
-Charles Simic

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
-David Carradine

Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings and making music with them.
-Dennis Gabor

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
-Don Marquis

A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an audience to understand all the nuances.
-Douglas Dunn

A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.
-E. M. Forster

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
-Edgar Allan Poe

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition.
-Eli Khamarov

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

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
-Gilbert K. Chesterton

Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.
-Gustave Flaubert

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.

I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.
-Howard Nemerov

However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence, there can't be much to it.
-James Schuyler

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
-Jean Cocteau

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
-Jean Cocteau

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