Poetry Quotes

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

Dennis Gabor

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.


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