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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Poetry:

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.

Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.
~ Christopher Fry.

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
~ Salvatore Quasimodo.

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
~ Edgar Allan Poe.

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

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

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.

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

He who writes prose builds his temple to Fame in rubble; he who writes verses builds it in granite.
~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

I don't create poetry, I create myself, for me my poems are a way to me.
~ Edith Södergran.

I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.
~ Pablo Neruda, Wall Street Journal, 14 November 1985.

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.

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

The poet sees things as they look. Is this having a faculty the less? or a sense the more?
~ Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827.

The poetry of the earth is never dead.
~ John Keats.

God is the perfect poet.
~ Robert Browning.

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