Quotes about Poetry

A collection of quotes about Poetry to inspire and encourage you to use your poetic ability to create poems for others.

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.
George Sand
Thought Provoking   |



Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes.
Carl Sandburg
Memories   |



Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.
Dennis Gabor
Short Love Poems  |



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.
Paul Engle
Inspirational  |



Poetry is not always words.
Audrey Foris


Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
Plato
Truth  |



The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is, rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life.
Robert Penn Warren
Life   |



One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
Voltaire


There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.
Robert Graves
Money   |



Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
T.S. Eliot


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


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.
T. S. Eliot
Attitude  |



A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
Robert Frost
Difficulties  |



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


Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.
Gustave Flaubert
Innovation   |



The creative power of love reveals itself most eloquently in poetic form, for without poetry love is wordless, and without love poetry lacks an energy and dynamism that only love can generate.
Suheil Bushrui, The World's Favorite Love Poems
Love   |



If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.
Charles Darwin
Poems about Life   |



The philosophy of poetry must acknowledge that the poetic act has no past, at least no recent past, in which its preparation and appearance could be followed.
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space


Sometimes poetry is a journey run by words which compose themselves whilst the emotions of the one who writes settle on paper, and from there to the sensitive fibre of the one who reads attentively.
Gabriela Olivares
Motivational   |



Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti


I wouldn't be surprised if poetry - poetry in the broadest sense, in the sense of a world filled with metaphor, rhyme, and recurring patterns, shapes, and designs - is how the world works. The world isn't logical; it's a song.
David Byrne, Bicycle Diaries
Thoughful   |



Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.
Plato


Poems tell a story - it's just that the words rhyme.
L.V. Seachild, Valentine's Day: Poems For The Varying Emotions Of Love
Proverbs  |



Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
T.S. Eliot


A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him.
Dylan Thomas
Change   |



Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
Cassandra Clare
Inspirational Poems  |



Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
Edgar Allan Poe


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


Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Enjoyment   |



Always be a poet, even in prose.
Charles Baudelaire


The true poet is all the time a visionary and whether with friends or not, as much alone as a man on his death bed.
W.B. Yeats
Friendship   |



To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
Walt Whitman
Appreciation   |



Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
Carl Sandburg

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