Quotes and Sayings about Poetry

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

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

Diane Glancy

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

John Colville

I write poetry in order to live more fully.

Judith Rodriguez

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

Alfred Edward Housman

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

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

Angela Sarafyan

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

Lucille Clifton

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

Georges Seurat

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

Tom Wesselmann

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

For me, poetry is always a search for order.

Elizabeth Jennings

Poetry is a sort of homecoming.

Paul Celan

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

Alfred Douglas

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

Amy Clampitt

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

Zona Gale

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

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

Christopher Smart

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

J. G. Stedman

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

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

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

William Rose Benet

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

Joshua Logan

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

I don't look on poetry as closed works. I feel they're going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length.

John Ashbery