Poetry Quotes

In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all

Wallace Stevens

Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things

Matthew Arnold

Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine art; the easiest to dabble in, the hardest in which to reach true excellence

Edmund Clarence Stedman

The poetry is all in the anticipation, for there is none in reality

Mark Twain

Language is fossil poetry

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.

Thomas Hardy

Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do.

Stephen Spender

Poetry implies the whole truth, philosophy expresses only a particle of it.

Henry David Thoreau

Poetry is the suggestion, by the imagination, of noble grounds for the noble emotions

John Ruskin

Poetry: the best words in the best order.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

Kahlil Gibran

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.

Percy Shelley

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.


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

Poetry is life distilled.

Gwendolyn Brooks

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.

William Hazlitt

Poetry is devil's wine.

St. Augustine

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows.

Edmund Burke

Poetry, like the moon, does not advertise anything.

William Blissett

Poetry is not a civilizer, rather the reverse, for great poetry appeals to the most primitive instincts.

Robinson Jeffers

Breathe-in experience,breathe-out poetry.

Muriel Rukeyser

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

Carl Sandburg

The poetry of the earth is never dead.

John Keats

The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.

Louis Kronenberger
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