Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it
I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.
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.
The beauty of poetry is that the creation transcends the poet.
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.
Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.
Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can 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. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
Every Night and every Morn Some to Misery are born. Every Morn and every Night Some are born to Sweet Delight, Some are born to Endless Night.
I've given offense by saying I'd as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down.
Write a thousand words a day and in three years you'll be a writer!
Happiness. It comes on unexpectedly. And goes beyond, really, any early morning talk about it.
The true poem rests between the words.
Poetry is a game of loser-take-all.
Poetry is a search for ways of communication; it must be conducted with openness, flexibility, and a constant readiness to listen.
The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.
It is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake.
For me, poetry is an impish attempt to paint the colour of the wind.
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