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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Poetry:

The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.
~ Richard Rosen.

The poet, as everyone knows, must strike his individual note sometime between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five. He may hold it a long time, or a short time, but it is then that he must strike it or never. School and college have been conducted with the almost express purpose of keeping him busy with something else till the danger of his ever creating anything is past.
~ Robert Frost.

The poet doesn't invent. He listens.
~ Jean Cocteau Quotes.

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
~ Jean Cocteau Quotes.

The poet is in the end probably more afraid of the dogmatist who wants to extract the message from the poem and throw the poem away than he is of the sentimentalist who says, "Oh, just let me enjoy the poem."
~ Robert Penn Warren, The Themes of Robert Frost, Hopwood Lecture, 1947.

The poet... may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
~ Lionel Trilling, The Liberal Imagination, 1950.

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.

The smell of ink is intoxicating to me - others may have wine, but I have poetry.
~ Abbe Yeux-verdi.

The true poet is all the time a visionary and whether with friends or not, as much alone as a man on his death bed.
~ W.B. Yeats.

The word "Verse" is used here as the term most convenient for expressing, and without pedantry, all that is involved in the consideration of rhythm, rhyme, meter, and versification... the subject is exceedingly simple; one tenth of it, possibly may be called ethical; nine tenths, however, appertains to the mathematics.
~ Edgar Allan Poe.

The worst fate of a poet is to be admired without being understood.
~ Jean Cocteau Quotes, Le Rappel á l'ordre, 1926.

There is as much difference between good poetry and fine verses, as between the smell of a flower-garden and of a perfumer's shop.
~ Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827.

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
~ John Cage.

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
~ André Gide.

There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.
~ Robert Graves, 1962 interview on BBC TV..

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
~ Robert Frost.

To have great poets there must be great audiences too.
~ Walt Whitman.

To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie -
True Poems flee.
~ Emily Dickinson.

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.
~ Charles Simic.

What is a Professor of Poetry? How can poetry be professed?
~ W.H. Auden.

You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it tick.... You're back with the mystery of having been moved by words. The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps... so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in.
~ Dylan Thomas, Poetic Manifesto, 1961.

You can't write poetry on the computer.
~ Quentin Tarantino.

You don't have to suffer to be a poet. Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
~ John Ciardi, Simmons Review, Fall 1962.

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.
~ Joseph Joubert.

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