Poetry Quotes

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

Robert Frost

Poetry, with all its obscurity, has a more general as well as a more powerful dominion over the passions than the art of painting

Edmund Burke

Poetry is as exact a science as geometry

Gustave Flaubert

Poetry is the clear expression of mixed feelings.

W. H. Auden

Poetry is not the proper antithesis to prose, but to science. Poetry is opposed to science, and prose to metre

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Poetry is certainly something more than good sense, but it must be good sense, just as a palace is more than a house, but it must be a house

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well

Paul Valery

There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.

John Ashbery

Written poetry is worth reading once, and then should be destroyed. Let the dead poets make way for others. Then we might even come to see that it is our veneration for what has already been created, however beautiful and valid it may be, that petrifies us.

Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud

If music and sweet poetry agree. As they must needs (the sister and the brother), Then must the love be great 'twixt thee and me, Because thou lov'st the one, and I the other.

Richard Barnfield

For the purposes of poetry a convincing impossibility is preferable to an unconvincing possibility.

Aristotle

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

Aristotle

The best poetry will be found to have a power of forming, sustaining, and delighting us, as nothing else can.

Matthew Arnold

For poetry the idea is everything; the rest is a world of illusion, of divine illusion. Poetry attaches its emotion to the idea; the idea is the fact. The strongest part of our religion today is its unconscious poetry.

Matthew Arnold

Topography is one of my chief themes in my poetry..about the country,the suburbs and the seaside...then there come's love..and increasingly; the fear of death.

Sir John Betjeman

Hymns are the poetry of the people.

Sir John Betjeman

Poetry can be written only because it has been written.

Wendell Berry

Prose is when all the lines except the last go on to the end. Poetry is when some of them fall short of it.

Jeremy Bentham

There are people who barely feel poetry, and they are generally dedicated to teaching it.

Jorge Luis Borges

Who says it's poetry, anyhow? My ten year old can do it and rhyme. Mr Hines says so, and he's a schoolteacher, he ought to know. Go and find work

Basil Cheesman Bunting

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Updated On : April 17, 2014
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