Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.
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 not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion.
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
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.
Poetry: the best words in the best order.
The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.
I've had it with these cheap sons of bitches who claim they love poetry but never buy a book.
Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
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.
Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
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.
But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
The poet is the priest of the invisible.
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