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Poetry Quotes

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

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.

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 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'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.

Always be a poet, even in prose.

Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.

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

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.