The poet doesn't invent. He listens.
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.
God is the perfect poet.
Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.
You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.
Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
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.
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.
The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.
Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.
Carol Ann Duffy
Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems.
I like poems that are little games.
The moment of change is the only poem.
Every single soul is a poem.
A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an audience to understand all the nuances.
Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.
Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.
Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
You don't help people in your poems. I've been trying to help people all my life - that's my trouble.
There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory.
A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings - about human feelings and frailties.
Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.
Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.
Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.
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.
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.
Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition.
We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
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