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.
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
There are no standards of taste in wine, cigars, poetry, prose, etc. Each man's own taste is the standard, and a majority vote cannot decide for him or in any slightest degree affect the supremacy of his own standard
Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words.
Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That's how I get my kicks.
By its very looseness, by its way of evoking rather than defining, suggesting rather than saying, English is a magnificent vehicle for emotional poetry.
Poetry is a kind of ingenious nonsense.
Written poetry is different. Best thing is to see it in performance first, then read it. Performance is more provocative.
Human beings are divided into mind and body. The mind embraces all the nobler aspirations, like poetry and philosophy, but the body has all the fun.
History, we can confidently assert, is useful in the sense that art and music, poetry and flowers, religion and philosophy are useful. Without it -- as with these -- life would be poorer and meaner; without it we should be denied some of those intellectual and moral experiences which give meaning and richness to life. Surely it is no accident that the study of history has been the solace of many of the noblest minds of every generation.
Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
Poetry, with all its obscurity, has a more general as well as a more powerful dominion over the passions than the art of painting
Poetry is as exact a science as geometry
Poetry is the clear expression of mixed feelings.
Poetry is not the proper antithesis to prose, but to science. Poetry is opposed to science, and prose to metre
Poetry is certainly something more than good sense, but it must be good sense, just as a palace is more than a house, but it must be a house
In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well
Poetry is music in words; and music is poetry in sound: both excellent sauce, but those have lived and died poor, who made them their meat
Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite expressions
Poetry is something to make us wiser and better, by continually revealing those types of beauty and truth, which God has set in all men's souls
Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers
Poetry is adjectives expressed in nouns
There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope
Poetry should only occupy the idle.