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Illustrious poets quotations - top 30 poetry quotations by illustrious poets - poetry

 

  • "For this aim poetry is a touch more philosophical and more laudable of considerable concentration than history. "
    -- Aristotle

  • "Every American poet feels that the whole dependability for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary landed gentry of one. "
    -- W. H. Auden

  • "Eloquence is the poetry of prose. "
    -- William C. Bryant

  • "If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. "
    -- Emily Dickinson

  • "How poetry comes to the poet is a mystery. "
    -- Elizabeth Drew

  • "She opened up a book of poems and handed it to me on paper by an Italian poet from the 13th century and every one of them words rang true and glowed like burning coal pouring off of every page like it was in print in my soul from me to you. "
    -- Bob Dylan

  • "When a poet's mind is absolutely equipped for its work, it is constantly amalgamating dissimilar experiences. "
    -- T S Eliot

  • "Painting was called silent poetry and poetry discourse painting. "
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Only poetry inspires poetry. "
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Poetry is a way of compelling life by the throat. "
    -- Robert Frost

  • "The man is both mad, or he is building verses. "
    -- Horace

  • "Good devout poetry . . . is apt to be most honestly esteemed and most discriminately relished by the undevout. "
    -- A. E. Housman

  • "I did not accept as true biased directives could be effectively useful to creative journalism . . . not to poetry or fiction, which to be valid had to convey as openly as feasible the being emotions and reactions of the writer. "
    -- Langston Hughes

  • "I went for years not final anything. Because, of course, when you bring to a close amazing you can be judged . . . I had poems which were re-written so many times I assume it was just a way of avoiding distribution them out. "
    -- Erica Jong

  • "As I am a poet I communicate what I believe, and I fight aligned with at all I oppose, in poetry. "
    -- June Jordan

  • "Poetry, even when deceptively most fantastic, is continually a revolt aligned with artifice, a revolt, in a sense, adjacent to actuality. "
    -- James Joyce

  • "Poetry be supposed to amazement by a fine dissipation and not by spectacle --it be supposed to air strike the person who reads as a phraseology of his own maximum thoughts, and arrive on the scene more or less a remembrance. "
    -- John Keats

  • "Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no argue any in football or in poetry why the two ought to not meet in a man's life if he has the credence and cares about the words. "
    -- Archibald MacLeish

  • "I see no aim for business my work poetry but that there is no other kind in which to put it. "
    -- Marianne Moore

  • "I've never read a opinionated poem that's accomplished anything. Poetry makes effects happen, but hardly ever what the poet wants. "
    -- Howard Nemerov

  • "And he whose fustian's so sublimely bad/ It is not poetry, but prose run mad. "
    -- Alexander Pope

  • "I have printed some poetry that I don't absorb myself. "
    -- Carl Sandburg

  • "Poetry is the best ever of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds. "
    -- Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • "Great poetry is constantly in print by a big cheese straining to go afar what he can do. "
    -- Stephen Spender

  • "I owe the lot to a classification that made me learn by heart till I wept. As a conclusion I have thousands of lines of poetry by heart. I owe the whole thing to this. "
    -- George Steiner

  • "Everything is complicated; if that we not so, life and poetry and the lot else would be a bore. "
    -- Wallace Stevens

  • "Good poetry seems too clear-cut and actual a thing that when we meet it we astonishment that all men are not all the time poets. Poetry is nonentity but good for your health speech. "
    -- Henry David Thoreau

  • "How do poems grow? They grow out of your life. "
    -- Robert Penn Warren

  • "All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of brawny feelings: it takes its basis from emotion recollected in tranquillity. "
    -- William Wordsworth

  • "A poet's autobiography is his poetry. No matter which else can be only a footnote. "
    -- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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