Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes.
Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do.
You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.
A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
Though lovers be lost love shall not.
Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. There is no happiness like mine. I have been eating poetry.
The question, O me! so sad, recurring - What good amid these, O me, O life? That you are here - that life exists and identity, that the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.
And this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart I carry your heart [ i carry it in my heart ]
The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful.
here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
Poetry can be dangerous, especially beautiful poetry, because it gives the illusion of having had the experience without actually going through it.
The poet is the priest of the invisible.
The poem . . . is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is, rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life.
Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know.
In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it is the exact opposite.
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
The poem is not a thing we see; it is, rather, a light by which we may see.
The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
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