Poetry at its best can do you a lot of harm.
Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.
I like to borrow forms and quotes and use a lot of allusions, in both poetry and music.
A poet’s autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.
On the subject of literary genres, I’ve always felt that my response to poetry is inadequate. I’d love to be the kind of person that drifts off into the garden with a slim volume of Elizabethan verse or a sheaf of haikus, but my passion is story.
I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.
Poetry is a beautiful way of expressing feelings – happy, sad, angry, caring. It’s also a way that we share with other people, to help them with those feelings.
Poetry is a release of something previously unknown into the visible. You write to invite that, to make of yourself a gathering of the unexpected and, with luck, of the unexpectable.
Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter.
Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.
Poetry is my cheap means of transportation. By the end of the poem the reader should be in a different place from where he started. I would like him to be slightly disoriented at the end, like I drove him outside of town at night and dropped him off in a cornfield.
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
One of the things that is wonderful about hymns is that they are a sort of universally shared poetry, at least among certain populations.
There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking.
Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart.
Human beings love poetry. They don’t even know it sometimes… whether they’re the songs of Bono, or the songs of Justin Bieber… they’re listening to poetry.
Lapped in poetry, wrapped in the picturesque, armed with logical sentences and inalienable words.
I liked to write from the time I was about 12 or 13. I loved to read. And since I only spoke to my brother, I would write down my thoughts. And I think I wrote some of the worst poetry west of the Rockies. But by the time I was in my 20s, I found myself writing little essays and more poetry – writing at writing.
I have been writing poetry for a long time now. I started writing in my school days.
Hip-hop is about the brilliance of pavement poetry.
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
It’s not easy to define poetry.
I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.
Nonfiction speaks to the head. Fiction speaks to the heart. Poetry speaks to the soul. It’s the essence of beauty. The essence of pain. It pleases the eye and the ear.
I read as much poetry as time allows and circumstance dictates: No heartache can pass without a little Dorothy Parker, no thunderstorm without W. H. Auden, no sleepless night without W. B. Yeats.
All voices are important, and yet it seems that people of color have a lot to say, particularly if you look through the poetry of young people – a lot of questions and a lot of concerns about immigration and security issues, you name it – big questions.
I find in my poetry and prose the rhythms and imagery of the best – I mean, when I’m at my best – of the good Southern black preachers. The lyricism of the spirituals and the directness of gospel songs and the mystery of blues are in my music or in my poetry and prose, or I missed everything.
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
I recently read that it’s the left brain that does all that calculating, and the right brain that does the poetry. Somehow I’ve veered way towards the left. I’ve been doing it for years. Maybe I do art to balance it out.
Every single soul is a poem.
I know my voice has a limited range of motion; I don’t write dramatic monologues and pretend to be other people. But so far, my voice is broad enough to accommodate most of what I want to put into my poetry. I like my persona; I often wish I were him and not me.
I’ve always written. There’s a journal which I kept from about 9 years old. The man who gave it to me lived across the street from the store and kept it when my grandmother’s papers were destroyed. I’d written some essays. I loved poetry, still do. But I really, really loved it then.
My dream is that people will find a way back home, into their bodies, to connect with the earth, to connect with each other, to connect with the poor, to connect with the broken, to connect with the needy, to connect with people calling out all around us, to connect with the beauty, poetry, the wildness.
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
I’m sorry, man, but I’ve got magic. I’ve got poetry in my fingertips. Most of the time – and this includes naps – I’m an F-18, bro. And I will destroy you in the air. I will deploy my ordinance to the ground.
There’s a fierce practicality and empiricism which the whole imaginative, lyrical aspect of poetry comes from.
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
I began writing early – very, very early… I was already writing short stories for the radio and selling poems to poetry and art festivals; I was involved in school plays; I wrote essays, so there was no definite moment when I said, ‘Now I’m a writer.’ I’ve always been a writer.
Istanbul is inspiring because it has its own code of architecture, literature, poetry, music.
Children seem naturally drawn to poetry – it’s some combination of the rhyme, rhythm, and the words themselves.
I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.
That metre itself forms an essential part of all true poetry is a principle which not even the assertions of an Aristotle or the pronouncements of a Plato can disestablish.
When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music.
My friends never talk to me about my poetry because they’re embarrassed that I write it or they’re embarrassed by what I write about which are not such extraordinarily terrifying things, but they are the state of human existence.
Poetry carries the imagery which is large enough for the kind of life we want for ourselves.
Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.
One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
I love Sufism as I love beautiful poetry, but it is not the answer. Sufism is like a mirage in the desert. It says to you, come and sit, relax and enjoy yourself for a while.
I love kids that come to shows, little kids coming up to you with braces; like, some kid came up to me in a parking lot outside a show in Santa Cruz – he was about 14 or 15 – and he said, ‘Y’know, I love ‘The Basketball Diaries,’ but I hope your next book of poetry isn’t gonna be as academic as ‘Living at the Movies’ was.’
Poetry, fiction as novels or short stories – these are autonomous as created by their authors. They should stand on their own, like pieces of furniture that should be judged as to their usefulness, elegance.
Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you.
In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.
Poetry is one of the destinies of speech… One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language.
I have felt great advances in my poetry, the main one being a growing victory over word nuances and a superfluity of adjectives.
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
Rap is rhythm and poetry. Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well.
In the poetry of immigrants, nostalgia is as common as confetti at parades or platitudes at political conventions.
Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.
I love the simple poetry of theater, where you can stand in a spotlight on a stage and wrap a coat around you, and say, ‘It was 1860 and it was winter…’
What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.
Surrealism is not a poetry but a poetics, and even more, and more decisively, a world vision.
I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
Sometimes the beauty is easy. Sometimes you don’t have to try at all. Sometimes you can hear the wind blow in a handshake. Sometimes there’s poetry written right on the bathroom wall.
Poetry helps me understand who I am. It helps me understand the world around me. But above all, what poetry has taught me is the fact that I need to embrace mystery in order to be completely human.
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
Read something of interest every day – something of interest to you, not to your teacher or your best friend or your minister/rabbi/priest. Comics count. So does poetry. So do editorials in your school newspaper. Or a biography of a rock star. Or an instructional manual. Or the Bible.
Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
Poetry itself is music. I’m just lucky that I can convert it into music. William Blake is my favorite poet of all time, and he said that he wasn’t quite familiar with the sounds of music. If so, he would have been a musician. All of his poems are all like songs, and that’s how I always try to start my thoughts.
Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness.
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.
There’s a certain line between jokes and music and poetry that’s a bit blurred in my mind.
It makes me happy to meet other poetry fans. Especially when they recommend poets I’m not familiar with.
Many great works of art, poetry, and music are inspired by astral memories. The desire to do noble, beautiful things here on Earth is also often a carryover of astral experiences between a person’s earth lives.
I read, read enormously on all different fields of Islamic thought, from philosophy to Islamic literature, poetry, exegeses, knowledge of the Hadith, the teachings of the prophet. That’s how I trained myself. And then I was appointed imam by a Sufi master from Istanbul, Turkey.
So much of my poetry begins with something that I can describe in visual terms, so thinking about distance, thinking about how life begins and what might be watching us.
Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
If we ask a vague question, such as, ‘What is poetry?’ we expect a vague answer, such as, ‘Poetry is the music of words,’ or ‘Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.’
Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare – and precious as a pearl.
Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right.
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
I know some people might think it odd – unworthy even – for me to have written a cookbook, but I make no apologies. The U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins thought I had demeaned myself by writing poetry for Hallmark Cards, but I am the people’s poet so I write for the people.
As a direct line to human feeling, empathic experience, genuine language and detail, poetry is everything that headline news is not. It takes us inside situations, helps us imagine life from more than one perspective, honors imagery and metaphor – those great tools of thought – and deepens our confidence in a meaningful world.
I always wrote poetry and stuff like that, so putting songs together wasn’t that spectacular.
Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things.
As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug’s game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing.
When truth has no burning, then it is philosophy, when it gets burning from the heart, it becomes poetry.
The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers.
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
The poetry of the earth is never dead.
How can any one paint who cannot grade colors? How can any one write poetry who has not learnt to hear and see?
Poetry is life distilled.
The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.
Making poetry with a camera – that’s the essence of what I do.
As we produce work that becomes pure poetry, we impact and influence our teammates, we wow our suppliers, we inspire customers and strangers. And we lead our industry.
As human beings, we are the only organisms that create for the sheer stupid pleasure of doing so. Whether it’s laying out a garden, composing a new tune on the piano, writing a bit of poetry, manipulating a digital photo, redecorating a room, or inventing a new chili recipe – we are happiest when we are creating.
I joined the army on my seventeenth birthday, full of the romance of war after having read a lot of World War I British poetry and having seen a lot of post-World War II films. I thought the romantic presentations of war influenced my joining and my presentation of war to my younger siblings.
Not too many people know it, but when I was in junior high, I was a pretty tough kid and was the leader of a street gang. Well, OK, it was less a street gang than an Ecology Club. We were pretty intimidating, though, and had our own meeting room until we got run out of there by a bunch of thugs from the Poetry Society.
A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.
I’m pretty much all for poetry in public places – poetry on buses, poetry on subways, on billboards, on cereal boxes.
To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry.
It is certain that at certain times talent entirely overcomes thought or poetry.
Not until the human heart is stolid to poetry, the human eye blind to beauty, not until the intellect ceases its quest for truth and conscience finds its quietus either in universal defeat or in triumphant success, will organized religion cease to be.
Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch’s brew.
The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world… to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
In a meadow full of flowers, you cannot walk through and breathe those smells and see all those colors and remain angry. We have to support the beauty, the poetry, of life.
The olive branch has been consecrated to peace, palm branches to victory, the laurel to conquest and poetry, the myrtle to love and pleasure, the cypress to mourning, and the willow to despondency.
To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry.
In all my work, in the movies I write, the lyrics, the poetry, the prose, the essays, I am saying that we may encounter many defeats – maybe it’s imperative that we encounter the defeats – but we are much stronger than we appear to be and maybe much better than we allow ourselves to be. Human beings are more alike than unalike.
Who writes poetry imbibes honey from the poisoned lips of life.
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.
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
You don’t have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
I have a deep and ongoing love of Iceland, particular the landscape, and when writing ‘Burial Rites,’ I was constantly trying to see whether I could distill its extraordinary and ineffable qualities into a kind of poetry.
The poetry you read has been written for you, each of you – black, white, Hispanic, man, woman, gay, straight.
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.
The beauty, the poetry of the fear in their eyes. I didn’t mind going to jail for, what, five, six hours? It was absolutely worth it.
Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down.
I was a victim of a stereotype. There were only two of us Negro kids in the whole class, and our English teacher was always stressing the importance of rhythm in poetry. Well, everybody knows – except us – that all Negroes have rhythms, so they elected me class poet.
If our hearts are ready for anything, we are touched by the beauty and poetry and mystery that fill our world.
Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven!
I’m happy to be a writer – of prose, poetry, every kind of writing. Every person in the world who isn’t a recluse, hermit or mute uses words. I know of no other art form that we always use.
What are the sources of poetry? Love and death and the paradox of love and death. All poetry from the beginning is about Eros and Thanatos. Those are the only subjects. And how Eros and Thanatos interweave.
The urge to write poetry is like having an itch. When the itch becomes annoying enough, you scratch it.
From the beginnings of literature, poets and writers have based their narratives on crossing borders, on wandering, on exile, on encounters beyond the familiar. The stranger is an archetype in epic poetry, in novels. The tension between alienation and assimilation has always been a basic theme.
There’s a reason poets often say, ‘Poetry saved my life,’ for often the blank page is the only one listening to the soul’s suffering, the only one registering the story completely, the only one receiving all softly and without condemnation.
What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.
Let’s detox our cluttered academic brain. That’s what the poet does. People call it daydreaming, detoxing our minds and taking care of that clutter. It’s being able to let in call letters from the poetry universe.
An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.
You don’t have to be a renowned artist like Q-Tip to try your hand at poetry. You don’t need any special equipment – that’s the beauty of it.
The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.
If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.
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.
Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.
Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
Music has a poetry of its own, and that poetry is called melody.
The Bible should be taught, but emphatically not as reality. It is fiction, myth, poetry, anything but reality. As such it needs to be taught because it underlies so much of our literature and our culture.
I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.
Poetry and music are very good friends. Like mommies and daddies and strawberries and cream – they go together.
Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.
Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury, not a necessity like petrol. But to me it’s the oil of life.
In medicine as well as in romantic poetry, it is the heart that is the center and controlling mechanics of life. If the heart stops, life stops. The loss of sight doesn’t not mean death. Yet for ages, the eyes was believed to contain a human being’s vital essence – a not wholly irrational belief.
I can’t understand Urdu, Bahasa or Russian, but when the Pakistani Faiz, the Indonesian Rendra and the Russian Rosdentvensky declaim, I can feel the living throb of rhythm and music, the warmth and passion of their poetry, as do the hundreds, not a mere roomful, of poetry lovers in the audience.
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty.
In a way, Anglo-Saxon poetry cannot be translated.
Sri Lanka is an island that everyone loves at some level inside themselves. A very special island that travellers, from Sinbad to Marco Polo, dreamed about. A place where the contours of the land itself forms a kind of sinewy poetry.
When I began to listen to poetry, it’s when I began to listen to the stones, and I began to listen to what the clouds had to say, and I began to listen to others. And I think, most importantly for all of us, then you begin to learn to listen to the soul, the soul of yourself in here, which is also the soul of everyone else.
I accept all interpretations of my films. The only reality is before the camera. Each film I make is kind of a return to poetry for me, or at least an attempt to create a poem.
By definition, poetry works with qualities and dynamics that mainstream society is reluctant to face head-on. It’s an interesting phenomenon that by necessity, poetry is just below the radar.
Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science.
I got scouted for modeling on the street. I’m such a tomboy – still am. I just never thought about modeling before, but I thought, ‘Ooh, interesting, similar world, perhaps it’s a way into something.’ Then, I was on my third photo shoot ever, and Adam Leech from ‘Downtown Abbey’ saw me reading poetry and asked me to recite some.
There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either.
I like cups of tea and reading books and poetry and old people things.
I loathe the trivialization of poetry that happens in creative writing classes. Teachers set exercises to stimulate subject matter: Write a poem about an imaginary landscape with real people in it. Write about a place your parents lived in before you were born. We have enough terrible poetry around without encouraging more of it.
I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.
If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it’s to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.
Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.
Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.
I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.
The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.
With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.
Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous – to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.
Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.
Superstition is the poetry of life.
When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
I think the first time I really heard poetry was in the schoolyard. Just the little limericks that kids say when they’re jumping rope and playing games. I think that’s the first time I heard rhyming words – I don’t know if I’d call that the definitive poetry, but that’s when I heard rhyming words said and not necessarily sung.
It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
Eloquence is the poetry of prose.
When you realize my best selling books are ‘Owl Moon,’ the ‘How Do Dinosaur’ books, and ‘Devil’s Arithmetic,’ how can the public make sense of that! I have fans who think I only write picture books or only write SF and fantasy. I have fanatics of my poetry and are stunned to find out I write prose, too!
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.
The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.
As the years pass, I find that writers who were once central to me aren’t anymore. I revered Yeats’s poetry in college. I respect it now and am still ravished by certain lines, but I don’t go back to him again and again. I do go back to Emily Dickinson again and again.
What can a pencil do for all of us? Amazing things. It can write transcendent poetry, uplifting music, or life-changing equations; it can sketch the future, give life to untold beauty, and communicate the full-force of our love and aspirations.
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
If I don’t write down a thought – or an image or a line of poetry – the instant it comes to mind, it vanishes, which explains why I have pens and notebooks in my pants and coat pockets, the car, the bicycle basket, on one or two desks in every room including bathrooms and the kitchen.
Personality is everything in art and poetry.
We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.
There are distinct duties of a poet laureate. I plan a reading series at the Library of Congress and advise the librarian. The rest is how I want to promote poetry.
Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.
Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
Oratory is the masterful art. Poetry, painting, music, sculpture, architecture please, thrill, inspire – but oratory rules. The orator dominates those who hear him, convinces their reason, controls their judgment, compels their action. For the time being, he is master.
We need creativity. We need more poetry after Auschwitz.
I was a very creative child. I played the saxophone and piano, and I was always writing poetry and stories, or drawing in my notebook. I just tried to express myself through as many creative outlets as possible. And in high school, I started to get really into photography and videography and would spend hours working on it.
Naming a baby is an act of poetry, for many people the only creative moment of their lives.
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
Everyone needs solitude, especially a person who is used to thinking about what she experiences. Solitude is very important in my work as a mode of inspiration, but isolation is not good in this respect. I am not writing poetry about isolation.
‘The Dante Club’ was one of America’s most important book clubs, as their Wednesday night meetings ultimately led to our country’s first exposure to Dante’s poetry on a wide scale.
You can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what’s in your heart.
Wine is bottled poetry.
America’s liberal arts universities have long been safe zones for leftist thinking, protected ivory towers for the pseudo-elite who earn their livings writing papers nobody reads about gender roles in the poetry of Maya Angelou.
I know nothing new except that Herr Gellert, the Leipzig poet, is dead, and has written no more poetry since his death.
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
Poetry proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together.
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
Poetry comes alive to me through recitation.