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.
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.
The beauty of poetry is that the creation transcends the poet.
I think of poets as outlaw visionaries in a way.
Always be a poet, even in prose.
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.
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him.
Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
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.
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.
I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
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 ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
Heroic poetry has ever been esteemed the greatest work of human nature.
Indignation leads to the making of poetry.
[Lat., Facit indignatio versum.]
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
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