Poetry Quotes

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

Thomas Moore

It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.

Brooks Atkinson

History is still in large measure poetry to me.

Jakob Burckhardt

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

There is no gilding of setting sun or glamour of poetry to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers wives.

Hamlin Garland

Personality is everything in art and poetry.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.

John Wain

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

Peggy Noonan

Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls.


Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.

Charles Simic

Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking

John Wain

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility

William Wordsworth

All good poetry is forged slowly and patiently, link by link, with sweat and blood and tears

Alfred Douglas

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing

Edmund Burke

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during a moment

Carl Sandburg
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