Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion.
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 the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.
Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting.
I've had it with these cheap sons of bitches who claim they love poetry but never buy a book.
Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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.
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
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 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.
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
A poem begins with a lump in the throat
Law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race.
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