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Poetry Quotes

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"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.

A poem begins with a lump in the throat; a homesickness or a lovesickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.

A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have.

A poem, a genuine one, does not need to fear the world; it stands up to it, even when a bell rings and an unexpected guest arrives to tell us, while the same coffee is still in our cups, of his fourteen years in captivity... See quote detail

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.

A poet must leave traces of his passage, not proof.

A poet must needs be before his own age, to be even with posterity.

A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket: let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection; and trust more to your imagination than to your memory.

A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.

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.

A prose writer gets tired of writing prose, and wants to be a poet. So he begins every line with a capital letter, and keeps on writing prose.

A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.

All poets pretend to write for immortality, but the whole tribe have no objection to present pay and present praise. Lord Burleigh is not the only statesman who has thought one hundred pounds too much for a song, though sung by Spenser; although Oliver Goldsmith is the only poet who ever considered himself to have been overpaid.

All that is best in the great poets of all countries, is not what is national in them, but what is universal.

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