A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
W. H. Auden
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
T. S. Eliot
Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
T. S. Eliot
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
Edgar Allan Poe
The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.
A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.
One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.
A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.
E. M. Forster
Always be a poet, even in prose.
No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.
Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.
There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.
To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.
To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results?
Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
Poetry: the best words in the best order.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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