Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
Wine is bottled poetry.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. I do not think that they will sing to me.
He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.
Verses which do not teach men new and moving truths do not deserve to be read.
To see the Summer Sky Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie— True Poems flee—
I think that were beginning to remember that the first poets didn't come out of a classroom, that poetry began when somebody walked off of a savanna or out of a cave and looked up at the sky with wonder and said, "Ahhh." That was the first poem.
A poet must never make a statement simply because it is sounds poetically exciting; he must also believe it to be true.
Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes.
You can't write poetry on the computer.
The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft. You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation.
Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do.
Poetry's a mere drug, Sir.
Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know.
Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing.
The poet may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
I have written some poetry that I don't understand myself.
The poet sees things as they look. Is this having a faculty the less? or a sense the more?
Only the poet has any right to be sorry for the poor, if he has anything to spare when he has thought of the dull, commonplace rich.
The poet in prose or verse - the creator - can only stamp his images forcibly on the page in proportion as he has forcibly felt, ardently nursed, and long brooded over them.
The grand stye arises in poetry, when a noble nature, poetically gifted, treats with simplicity or with severity a serious subject.
There is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man.
Before men ever wrote in clay they cast their words in verse and line, rythymbound in poets' minds, defying time and age.
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.
I think of poets as outlaw visionaries in a way.
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