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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Poetry:

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.

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
~ Carl Sandburg.

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.
~ Thomas Gray.

Poetry is to philosophy what the Sabbath is to the rest of the week.
~ Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827.

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
~ Robert Frost.

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
~ Robert Frost.

Poetry, like the moon, does not advertise anything.
~ William Blissett.

Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
~ John Keats.

Poetry: the best words in the best order.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes.

Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things.
~ Robert Frost.

Poets are like magicians, searching for magical phrases to pull rabbits out of people's souls.
~ Glade Byron Addams.

Poets are masters of us ordinary men, in knowledge of the mind, because they drink at streams which we have not yet made accessible to science.
~ Sigmund Freud Quotes.

Poets are mysterious, but a poet when all is said is not much more mysterious than a banker.
~ Allen Tate.

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition.
~ Eli Khamarov, The Shadow Zone.

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
~ Percy Byshe Shelley.

Poets aren't very useful
Because they aren't consumeful or very produceful.
~ Ogden Nash.

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
~ G.K. Chesterton Quotes.

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose-petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
~ Don Marquis.

Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know.
~ Joseph Roux, Meditations of a Parish Priest.

The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.
~ W. Somerset Maugham Quotes.

The distinction between historian and poet is not in the one writing prose and the other verse... the one describes the thing that has been, and the other a kind of thing that might be. Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are of the nature rather of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.
~ Aristotle.

The only problem
with Haiku is that you just
get started and then
~ Roger McGough.

The poem... is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see - it is, rather, a light by which we may see - and what we see is life.
~ Robert Penn Warren, Saturday Review, 22 March 1958.

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