Poetry Quotes

PoetryInvite to Poetry Quotes, the ultimate source for inspirational and also provocative quotes from the world's biggest poets. Here you will find a collection of timeless words of knowledge from some of one of the most distinguished poets in history. Whether you are trying to find a quote to motivate you, to make you laugh, or to make you believe, you will find it below. So, take a minute to explore our collection and discover the ideal quote to express your feelings.
Small: To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes to hear it is to see it with our ears
"To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears"
Octavio Paz, Poet
Small: Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance
"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance"
Carl Sandburg, Poet
Small: Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition
Eli Khamarov
"Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition"
Eli Khamarov, Writer
Small: All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling
Oscar Wilde
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling"
Oscar Wilde, Dramatist
Small: A poet can survive everything but a misprint
Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint"
Oscar Wilde, Dramatist
Small: Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history
Plato
"Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history"
Plato, Philosopher
Small: A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness
Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness"
Robert Frost, Poet
Small: A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language
W. H. Auden
"A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language"
W. H. Auden, Poet
Small: Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks
Plutarch
"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks"
Plutarch, Philosopher
Small: To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one
John Ruskin
"To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one"
John Ruskin, Writer
Small: You dont have to suffer to be a poet adolescence is enough suffering for anyone
John Ciardi
"You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone"
John Ciardi, Dramatist
Small: Poetry: the best words in the best order
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"Poetry: the best words in the best order"
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Poet
Small: Always be a poet, even in prose
Charles Baudelaire
"Always be a poet, even in prose"
Charles Baudelaire, Poet
Small: Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry
Charles Baudelaire
"Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry"
Charles Baudelaire, Poet
Small: A poem is never finished, only abandoned
Paul Valery
"A poem is never finished, only abandoned"
Paul Valery, Poet
Small: A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself
E. M. Forster
"A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself"
E. M. Forster, Novelist
Small: Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted
"Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted"
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Poet
Small: I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem
"I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem"
Howard Nemerov, Poet
Small: Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world
"Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world"
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Poet
Small: Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie
"Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie"
Jean Cocteau, Director
Small: A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses
"A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses"
Jean Cocteau, Director
Small: You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you
"You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you"
Joseph Joubert, Writer
Small: He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in al
George Sand
"He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life"
George Sand, Novelist
Small: Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry
"Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry"
Muriel Rukeyser, Poet
Small: Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understandi
"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, Poet
Small: God is the perfect poet
Robert Browning
"God is the perfect poet"
Robert Browning, Poet
Small: I like poems that are little games
Peter Davison
"I like poems that are little games"
Peter Davison, Actor
Small: Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood
"Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood"
T. S. Eliot, Poet
Small: You dont make a poem with ideas, but with words
"You don't make a poem with ideas, but with words"
Stephane Mallarme, Poet
Small: Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content
"Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content"
Alfred de Musset, Writer
Small: You dont help people in your poems. Ive been trying to help people all my life - thats my trouble
"You don't help people in your poems. I've been trying to help people all my life - that's my trouble"
Charles Olson, Poet
Small: Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems
"Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems"
John Barton, Poet
Small: The moment of change is the only poem
Adrienne Rich
"The moment of change is the only poem"
Adrienne Rich, Poet
Small: Everyone thinks theyre going to write one book of poems or one novel
"Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel"
Marilyn Hacker, Poet
Small: A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman
"A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman"
Wallace Stevens, Poet
Small: Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash
"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash"
Leonard Cohen, Musician
Small: The novel is born of disillusionment the poem, of despair
"The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair"
Jose Bergamin, Writer
Small: Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry
Gustave Flaubert
"Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry"
Gustave Flaubert, Novelist
Small: Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly
"Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly"
Anne Stevenson, Poet
Small: A poem conveys not a message so much as the provenance of a message, an advent of sense
"A poem conveys not a message so much as the provenance of a message, an advent of sense"
Thomas Harrison
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