Poetry Quotes

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

Poetry is adolescence fermented and thus preserved

Jose Ortega y Gasset

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
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