Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine art; the easiest to dabble in, the hardest in which to reach true excellence
Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things
In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all
Poetry is adolescence fermented and thus preserved
Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during a moment
Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing
All good poetry is forged slowly and patiently, link by link, with sweat and blood and tears
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility
Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking
Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls.
To see the Summer Sky Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie -True Poems flee.
A speech is poetry: cadence, rhythm, imagery, sweep! A speech reminds us that words, like children, have the power to make dance the dullest beanbag of a heart
There is no gilding of setting sun or glamour of poetry to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers wives.
The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul
Zen is not a philosophy, it is poetry. It does not propose, it simply persuades. It does not argue, it simply sings its own song.
A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress
Conservatism makes no poetry, breathes no prayer, has no invention; it is all memory. Reform has no gratitude, no prudence, no husbandry.
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
Poetry is the deification of reality.
The poetry of heroism appeals irresitably to those who don't go to a war, and even more so to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy
Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But it also gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.
Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved.
Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation.
I by no means rank poetry high in the scale of intelligence -this may look like affectation but it is my real opinion. It is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake