Deprivation is for me what daffodils were for Wordsworth.
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.
Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
Poetry is an act of distillation. It takes contingency samples, is selective. It telescopes time. It focuses what most often floods past us in a polite blur.
I said, the poets are there
I hear them singing and lying
around their round table
and around me still.
Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.
The painter puts brush to canvas, and the poet puts pen to paper. The poet has the easier task, for his pen does not alter his rhyme.
Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth - the true poet is very near the oracle.
Poetry, whose material is language, is perhaps the most human and least worldly of the arts, the one in which the end product remains closest to the thought that inspired it.
One of the ridiculous aspects of being a poet is the huge gulf between how seriously we take ourselves and how generally we are ignored by everybody else.
For the drover's life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know.
The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful.
Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.
Poetry is truth dwelling in beauty.
It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things.
Poets are masters of us ordinary men, in knowledge of the mind, because they drink at streams which we have not yet made accessible to science.
Each man carries within him the soul of a poet who died young.
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