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.
Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
Poetry is the only life got, the only work done, the only pure product and free labor of man, performed only when he has put all the world under his feet, and conquered the last of his foes.
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 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.
We need a safe place, a reserve of truth, a place where words kindle ideas and set ideas sparking off in others, a word sanctuary. Poetry is this gathering place of words.
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
The beauty of poetry is that the creation transcends the poet.
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
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.
The poet's mind is in fact a receptacle for seizing and storing up numberless feelings, phrases, images, which remain there until all the particles which can unite to form a new compound are present together.
Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.
I gave up on new poetry myself 30 years ago when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens in a hostile world.
A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
The bad poet is usually unconscious where he ought to be conscious, and conscious where he ought to be unconscious.
Deprivation is for me what daffodils were for Wordsworth.
He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.
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