Poetry is as precise as geometry.
Always be a poet, even in prose.
Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.
Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty.
Rainer Maria Rilke
If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet.
Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.
There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
The poet doesn't invent. He listens.
You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem.
M. H. Abrams
There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.
Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
The best prose is that which is most full of poetry.
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
William Butler Yeats
Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.
The business of the poet is not to find new emotions, but to use the ordinary ones and, in working them up into poetry, to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all.
T. S. Eliot
When you write poetry you are always addressing the world somehow.
John Cooper Clarke
Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.
How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.
Robert Penn Warren