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106 Poetry Quotes

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

E. M. Forster Quotes

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

Horace Quotes

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Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.

Samuel Johnson Quotes

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The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.

Richard Rosen Quotes

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

Lionel Trilling Quotes

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The poet is in the end probably more afraid of the dogmatist who wants to extract the message from the poem and throw the poem away than he is of the sentimentalist who says, "Oh, just let me enjoy the poem.".

Robert Penn Warren Quotes

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For me, poetry is an impish attempt to paint the colour of the wind.

Maxwell Bodenheim Quotes

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Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.

Edmund Burke Quotes

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When you write in prose you say what you mean. When you write in rhyme you say what you must.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

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You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.

Joseph Joubert Quotes

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The courage of the Poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.

Christopher Morley Quotes

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Poets arent very usefulBecause they aren't consumeful or produceful..

Ogden Nash Quotes

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The job of the poet is to render the world--to see it and report it without loss, without perversion. No poet ever talks about feelings. Only sentimental people do.

Mark Van Doren Quotes

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morning: that first sapphire dome of glow.

C K Williams Quotes

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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 who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.

T. S. Eliot Quotes

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Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.

Dennis Gabor Quotes

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When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Quotes

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Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.

Carl Sandburg Quotes

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

Carl Sandburg Quotes

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Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity.

Walter Mosley Quotes

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CONSIDERING THE VOID When I behold the charm of evening skies, their lulling endurance; the patterns of stars with names of bears and dogs, a swan, a virgin; other planets that the Voyager showed were like and so unlike our own, with all their diverse moons, bright discs, weird rings, and cratered faces; comets with their streaming tails bent by pressure from our sun; the skyscape of our Milky Way holding in its shimmering disc an infinity of suns (or say a thousand billion); knowing there are holes of darkness gulping mass and even light, knowing that this galaxy of ours is one of multitudes in what we call the heavens, it troubles me. It troubles me. -President Jimmy Carter- (he has written a volume of poetry as well as a novel, The Hornet's Nest, about the Revolutionary War).

President Jimmy Carter Quotes

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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 Quotes

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

Kahlil Gibran Quotes

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There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.

Robert Graves Quotes

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

Marianne Moore Quotes

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