Poetry Quotes

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

Dennis Gabor

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

Robert Frost

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.

Thomas Gray

Poetry is life distilled.

Gwendolyn Brooks

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

Carl Sandburg

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

Joseph Joubert

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Stephen Spender

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

Thomas Hardy

Language is fossil poetry

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Mark Twain

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

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

T.S. Eliot

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

Matthew Arnold

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 adolescence fermented and thus preserved

Jose Ortega y Gasset

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

Edmund Burke

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

Alfred Douglas

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

William Wordsworth

Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking

John Wain

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

Charles Simic

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

Voltaire

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Updated On : April 17, 2014
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