Poetry Quotes

Conservatism makes no poetry, breathes no prayer, has no invention; it is all memory. Reform has no gratitude, no prudence, no husbandry.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry is not a profession, it is a destiny

Mikhail Dudan

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.

Leonard Cohen

Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.

Christopher Fry

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.

Joseph Joubert

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

Carl Sandburg

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.

Thomas Gray

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

Robert Frost

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.

Paul Engle

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

Edgar Allan Poe

Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.

Dennis Gabor

None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.

Edith Hamilton

To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.

John Andrew Holmes

Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.

T S Eliot

If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?

Joyce Carol Oates
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