In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.
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
Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
The great function of poetry is to give back to us the situations of our dreams.
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.
Poetry: the best words in the best order.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
William Butler Yeats
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
A poem begins with a lump in the throat.
To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
For my part, if I consider poetry as an object, I maintain that it is born of the necessity of adding
a vocal sound (speech) to the hammering of the first tribal music.
Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a
wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not
startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.
Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look
of the world, poetry with the feel of the world.
Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you've lost the
W. S. Merwin
Clarity, clarity, surely clarity is the most beautiful thing in the world, A limited, limiting clarity I
have not and never did have any motive of poetry But to achieve clarity.
Art works because it appeals to certain faculties of the mind. Music depends on details of the
auditory system, painting and sculpture on the visual system. Poetry and literature depend on
All poetry has to do is to make a strong communication. All the poet has to do is listen. The poet
is not an important fellow. There will also be another poet.
Poetry is, first and last, language - the rest is filler.
I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits, limits that are either inherited by
tradition or limits that language itself imposes.
Serious poetry deals with the fundamental conflicts that cannot be logically resolved: we can
state the conflicts rationally, but reason does not relieve us of them.
Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry.
I cannot speak for more than an hour exclusively about poetry. At that point, life itself takes over
The purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person.
Poetry. I, too, dislike it.
"imaginary gardens with real toads in them"
Ut pictura poesis.
("As is painting so is poetry.")
For the purposes of poetry, a convincing impossibility is preferable to an unconvincing
The poet being an imitator just like the painter or other maker of likenesses, he must necessarily
in all instances represent thigns in one or other of three aspects, either as they were or are, or
as they are said or thought to be or to have been, or as they ought to be. All this he does in
language, with an admixture, it may be, of strange words and metaphors, as also of the various
modified forms of words, since the use of these is conceded in poetry.
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
Poetry is life distilled.
Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.
Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.
Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows.
The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps... so that something that is
poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in.
Dylan Thomas, Poetic Manifesto, 1961
not in the
Poetry must be blooded with circumstance.
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion
recollected in tranquility.
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
A poem should not mean, but be.
What is poetry which does not save nations or peoples?
Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.