Poetry Quotes

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 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.


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