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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Poetry:

Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.
~ W.B. Yeats.

Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.
~ Thomas Babington Macaulay.

Poetry comes with anger, hunger and dismay; it does not often visit groups of citizens sitting down to be literary together, and would appal them if it did.
~ Christopher Morley, John Mistletoe.

Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes.

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
~ Novalis.

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
~ Kahlil Gibran Quotes.

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
~ Percy Shelley, A Defence of Poetry, 1821.

Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes.
~ Carl Sandburg.

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.
~ William Hazlitt.

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
~ Carl Sandburg.

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
~ Leonard Cohen.

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
~ Rita Dove.

Poetry is life distilled.
~ Gwendolyn Brooks.

Poetry is man's rebellion against being what he is.
~ James Branch Cabell.

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
~ Plato, Ion.

Poetry is nobody's business except the poet's, and everybody else can fuck off.
~ Philip Larkin.

Poetry is not a civilizer, rather the reverse, for great poetry appeals to the most primitive instincts.
~ Robinson Jeffers.

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
~ T.S. Eliot Quotes, Tradition and the Individual Talent, 1919.

Poetry is not always words.
~ Audrey Foris.

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, New York Times, 17 February 1957.

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

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows.
~ Edmund Burke Quotes.

Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.
~ Samuel Johnson Quotes.

Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.
~ Carl Sandburg, Poetry Considered.

Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of Nature.
~ Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827.

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