A poet's work is to name the
unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the
world, and stop it going to sleep.
Muriel Rukeyser Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
One merit of poetry few persons will
deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
Pain is filtered in a poem so that
it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.
Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.
There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.
To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted. ~Percy Shelley, A Defence of Poetry, 1821
The true poet is all the time a visionary and whether with friends or not, as much alone as a man on his death bed. ~W.B. Yeats
Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own. ~Salvatore Quasimodo
You can't write poetry on the computer. ~Quentin Tarantino
You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you. ~Joseph Joubert
The worst fate of a poet is to be admired without being understood. ~Jean Cocteau, Le Rappel á l'ordre, 1926
Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. ~Thomas Gray
He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise. ~Oscar Wilde
have to suffer to be a poet. Adolescence is enough suffering for
anyone. ~John Ciardi, Simmons Review, Fall 1962
Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life. ~William Hazlitt
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. ~T.S. Eliot, Dante, 1920