Quotes and Sayings about Poetry

Toi Derricotte

Poetry asks people to have values, form opinions, care about some other part of experience besides making money and being successful on the job.

Toi Derricotte

Diane Glancy

Poetry uses the hub of a torque converter for a jello mold.

Diane Glancy

John Colville

He fertilizes a phrase or a line of poetry for weeks and then gives birth to it in a speech.

John Colville

Judith Rodriguez

I write poetry in order to live more fully.

Judith Rodriguez

W. S. Merwin

Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you've lost the whole thing.

W. S. Merwin

Alfred Edward Housman

I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat.

Alfred Edward Housman

J. Milton Hayes

I wrote The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God in five hours, but I had it all planned out. It isn't poetry and it does not pretend to be, but it does what it sets out to do.

J. Milton Hayes

Angela Sarafyan

I'm looking for a guy who makes you want to dance and write poetry all day long.

Angela Sarafyan

Lucille Clifton

Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.

Lucille Clifton

Georges Seurat

Some say they see poetry in my paintings I see only science.

Georges Seurat

Tom Wesselmann

I didn't want to deal in poetry. I got rid of that after a few months.

Tom Wesselmann

John Andrew Holmes

To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.

John Andrew Holmes

Elizabeth Jennings

For me, poetry is always a search for order.

Elizabeth Jennings

Paul Celan

Poetry is a sort of homecoming.

Paul Celan

Alfred Douglas

All good poetry is forged slowly and patiently, link by link, with sweat and blood and tears.

Alfred Douglas

Amy Clampitt

Women who are inclined to write poetry at all are inspired by being mad at something.

Amy Clampitt

Zona Gale

I don't know a better preparation for life than a love of poetry and a good digestion.

Zona Gale

Edmund Clarence Stedman

Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine art the easiest to dabble in, the hardest in which to reach true excellence.

Edmund Clarence Stedman

Christopher Smart

For there is a sound reasoning upon all flowers. For flowers are peculiarly the poetry of Christ.

Christopher Smart

J. G. Stedman

Poetry is an art, the easiest to dabble in, but the hardest to reach true excellence.

J. G. Stedman

Edward Dowden

For a poet to depict a poet in poetry is a hazardous experiment in regarding one's own trade a sense of humour and a little wholesome cynicism are not amiss.

Edward Dowden

Galway Kinnell

That's the way it is with poetry: When it is incomprehensible it seems profound, and when you understand it, it is only ridiculous.

Galway Kinnell

William Rose Benet

Who writes poetry imbibes honey from the poisoned lips of life.

William Rose Benet

Joshua Logan

Music has a poetry of its own, and that poetry is called melody.

Joshua Logan

Basil Bunting

The mystic purchases a moment of exhilaration with a lifetime of confusion and the confusion is infectious and destructive. It is confusing and destructive to try and explain anything in terms of anything else, poetry in terms of psychology.

Basil Bunting