Poetry Quotes

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar. Percy Bysshe Shelley

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. Robert Frost

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

Any healthy man can go without food for two days – but not without poetry. Charles Baudelaire

Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry. Georges Braque

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. T S Eliot

Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art. Thomas Hardy

Poetry is something to make us wiser and better, by continually revealing those types of beauty and truth, which God has set in all men’s souls. James Russell Lowell

Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. Don Marquis

Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind. Thomas Babington Macaulay

If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree, it had better not come at all. John Keats

It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge. Brooks Atkinson

I gave up on new poetry myself thirty years ago, when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens on a hostile world. Russell Baker

Poetry is at bottom a criticism of life. Matthew Arnold

Poetry is a mixture of common sense, which not all have, with an uncommon sense, which very few have. John Masefield

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 has the virtue of being able to say twice as much as prose in half the time, and the drawback, if you do not give it your full attention, of seeming to say half as much in twice the time. Christopher Fry

Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement. Christopher Fry

The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does. Allen Ginsberg

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does. Allen Ginsberg

In general, in poetry and literature, I am among those people who believe that too much is indispensable. Yevgeny Yevtushenko

I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat. A E Housman

It is a very rare thing anywhere, especially in England, for a man deliberately to choose poetry as the duty of his life, and to remain loyal, as a consequence, to the bride of St Francis – Poverty. Andrew Lang

Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world. Archibald MacLeish

Poetry proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together. Jacques Maritain

For me, poetry is an evasion of the real job of writing prose. Sylvia Plath

The necessity of poetry has to be stated over and over, but only to those who have reason to fear its power, or those who still believe that language is ‘only words’ and that an old language is good enough for our descriptions of the world we are trying to transform. Adrienne Rich

Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know. Joseph Roux

Poetry…is…a speaking picture, with this end: to teach and delight. Sir Philip Sidney

Poetry consists in a rhyming dictionary and things seen. Gertrude Stein

We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry. William Butler Yeats

It is a happy thing that there is no royal road to poetry. The world should know by this time that one cannot reach Parnassus except by flying thither. Gerard Manley Hopkins

Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers. Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Poetry is most just to its divine origin, when it administers the comforts and breathes the thoughts of religion. William Wordsworth

Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary. Sir Walter Scott