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43 Poetry Quotes by Famous Poets (WORDSMITH)

Top 10 Most Famous Quotes on Poetry (BEST)

Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar. — Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar. — Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness. - Alice Walker
Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness. – Alice Walker
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. - Robert Frost
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. – Robert Frost
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
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
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. — John Keats
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. John Keats
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility. - William Wordsworth
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility. – William Wordsworth
Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality. - James Joyce
Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality. – James Joyce
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. - Carl Sandburg
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. – Carl Sandburg
Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art. — Thomas Hardy
Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art. — Thomas Hardy
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. - Plutarch
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. – Plutarch

11 Inspiring Deep Quotes About Poetry

“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
To be a poet is a condition, not a profession. — Robert Graves
To be a poet is a condition, not a profession. — Robert Graves
I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet. - Bob Dylan
I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet. – Bob Dylan
Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does. — Allen Ginsberg
Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does. — Allen Ginsberg
Poetry... is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own. — Salvatore Quasimodo
Poetry… is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own. Salvatore Quasimodo
With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion. - Edgar Allan Poe
With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion. – Edgar Allan Poe
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. - Emily Dickinson
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. – Emily Dickinson
It is a test [that] genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. — T. S. Eliot
It is a test [that] genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. T. S. Eliot
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem. - David Carradine
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem. – David Carradine
Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life. - William Hazlitt
Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life. – William Hazlitt
Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them. - Dennis Gabor
Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them. – Dennis Gabor

14 Quotes on The Definition of Poetry

“Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.” 

Carl Sandburg
I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty. - Edgar Allan Poe
I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty. – Edgar Allan Poe
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. - Leonard Cohen
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. – Leonard Cohen
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry. — William Butler Yeats
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry. — William Butler Yeats
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth. - Jean Cocteau
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth. – Jean Cocteau
A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds. - Percy Bysshe Shelley
A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds. – Percy Bysshe Shelley

“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.”

Soren Kierkegaard
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. - W. H. Auden
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. – W. H. Auden
Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted. - Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted. – Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them. - Charles Simic
Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them. – Charles Simic
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. - Plato
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. – Plato
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. - Khalil Gibran
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. – Khalil Gibran
To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears. - Octavio Paz
To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears. – Octavio Paz
Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads. - Marianne Moore
Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads. – Marianne Moore

3 Quotes to Inspire You to Become a Better Poet

'Therefore' is a word the poet must not know. — Andre Gide
‘Therefore’ is a word the poet must not know. — Andre Gide
A poet can survive everything but a misprint. — Oscar Wilde
A poet can survive everything but a misprint. — Oscar Wilde
A poet dares be just so clear and no clearer... He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it. A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring. — E. B. White
A poet dares be just so clear and no clearer… He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it. A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring. E. B. White

5 Funny Quotes About Poets and Poetry

I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry. - John Cage
I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry. – John Cage
Poetry is what gets lost in translation. - Robert Frost
Poetry is what gets lost in translation. – Robert Frost
A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman. - Wallace Stevens
A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman. – Wallace Stevens
Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private. - Allen Ginsberg
Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private. – Allen Ginsberg
No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers. - Horace
No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers. – Horace

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