Poetry Quotes

You are walking by the tomb of Battiades, Who knew well how to write poetry, and enjoy Laughter at the right moment, over the wine

Callimachus

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

Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.

Samuel Johnson

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.

Rita Dove

I have argued in this book that we are human in good part because of the particular way we affiliate with other organisms. They are the matrix in which the human mind originated and is permanently rooted, and they offer the challenge and freedom innately sought. To the extent that each person can feel like a naturalist, the old excitement of the untrammeled world will be regained. I offer this as a formula of enchantment to invigorate poetry and myth: mysterious and little known organisms live within walking distance of where you sit. Splendor awaits in minute proportions.

Edward O. Wilson

What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.

Arnold Palmer

Poetry is not the proper antithesis to prose, but to science. Poetry is opposed to science, and prose to metre. The proper and immediate object of science is the acquirement, or communication, of truth; the proper and immediate object of poetry is the communication of immediate pleasure.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Advertising is the poetry of Capitalism

Michael Maynard

All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry

Rachel Carson

Happiness is a bowl of cherries and a book of poetry under a shade tree.

Astrid Alauda

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

Lord Byron

Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation.

Robert Fitzgerald

The central fact of my life has been the existence of words and the possibility of weaving those words into poetry.

Jorge Luis Borges

I wish to say that we all look forward with great pleasure to four years of wonderful, inspiring speeches full of wit, poetry, music, love and affection. More goddamn nonsense.

David Brinkley
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