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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Poetry:

[A poem] begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
~ Robert Frost, The Figure a Poem Makes, Collected Poems of Robert Frost, 1939.

A poem begins with a lump in the throat.
~ Robert Frost.

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
~ Paul Valéry.

A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.
~ E.M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951.

A poem should not mean
But be.
~ Archibald MacLeish, Ars Poetica, 1926.

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
~ Oscar Wilde Quotes.

A poet dares be just so clear and no clearer.... He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it. A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring.
~ E.B. White.

A poet is an unhappy being whose heart is torn by secret sufferings, but whose lips are so strangely formed that when the sighs and the cries escape them, they sound like beautiful music... and then people crowd about the poet and say to him: "Sing for us soon again;" that is as much as to say, "May new sufferings torment your soul."
~ Soren Kierkegaard.

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
~ Wallace Stevens, Opus Posthumous, 1957.

A poet must leave traces of his passage, not proof.
~ Rene Char.

A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.
~ Yevgeny Yentushenko, The Sole Survivor, 1982.

A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
~ Salman Rushdie.

A sold poem loses half its meaning.
~ Glade Byron Addams.

A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
~ Jean Cocteau Quotes.

Always be a poet, even in prose.
~ Charles Baudelaire, My Heart Laid Bare, Intimate Journals, 1864.

Breathe-in experience,
breathe-out poetry.
~ Muriel Rukeyser.

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
~ Jean Cocteau Quotes.

Come voyeur my poems
Feel free, I feel free.
~ Carrie Latet Quotes.

Each man carries within him the soul of a poet who died young.
~ Sainte-Beuve, Portraits littéraires, 1862.

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.
~ Alfred de Musset, Le Poète déchu, 1839.

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out.... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
~ A.E. Housman.

Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes.

Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.
~ Gustave Flaubert.

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
~ T.S. Eliot Quotes, Dante, 1920.

God is the perfect poet.
~ Robert Browning.

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