Kutipan (Quote) - Poetry (2)

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

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
Jean Cocteau

If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.
Thomas Hardy

God is the perfect poet.
Robert Browning

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
Don Marquis

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
Rita Dove

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
Andre Gide

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

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.
Joseph Joubert

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

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.

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

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
A. E. Housman

I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.
Howard Nemerov

The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.
Jose Bergamin

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
Marilyn Hacker

I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.
Carol Ann Duffy

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems.
John Barton

I like poems that are little games.
Peter Davison

The moment of change is the only poem.
Adrienne Rich

Every single soul is a poem.
Michael Franti

A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an audience to understand all the nuances.
Douglas Dunn

Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.
Mark Strand

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

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
Salvatore Quasimodo

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

You don't help people in your poems. I've been trying to help people all my life - that's my trouble.
Charles Olson

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory.
Philip Levine

A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings - about human feelings and frailties.
Anne Stevenson

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

To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.
Octavio Paz

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.
Thomas Gray

Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
Marianne Moore

One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.
Paul Muldoon

If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem.
M. H. Abrams

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

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.
Alfred de Musset

The poet may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
Lionel Trilling

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition.
Eli Khamarov

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
John Fowles 

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