Inspirational Quotes About Poetry

Poetry is as precise as geometry.
Gustave Flaubert

Always be a poet, even in prose.
Charles Baudelaire

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.
Paul Muldoon

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

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.
Emily Dickinson

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
Leonard Cohen

Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
Virginia Woolf

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.
Jim Morrison

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
William Wordsworth

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.
Robert Frost

I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet.
Bob Dylan

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Paul Engle

A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
Wallace Stevens

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
Paul Valery

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

You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
John Ciardi

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.
Robert Graves

Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
Muriel Rukeyser

Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.
Mark Strand

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

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
Anne Stevenson

The best prose is that which is most full of poetry.
Virginia Woolf

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.
Edmund Burke

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.
Adrienne Rich

How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.
Robert Penn Warren

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