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Poetry Quotes

‘Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.’ Dennis Gabor. Only a poet could have explained poetry so beautifully. Subtle, deep, exquisite, elegant - a poem is all that and more. The words are stringed together in perfect harmony to give a delightful composition. Reading a magnificent piece of poetry will make you a bit philosophical and ensure that you enjoy every bit of the experience. A poem usually comes from experience and is therefore heartfelt and earnest. Read the following famous quotations and sayings on poetry to know more.

Charles Baudelaire

Always be a poet, even in prose.

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.


Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.

Wallace Stevens

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

William Wordsworth

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.

Robert Frost

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

Michael Sheen

My dad is a Jack Nicholson lookalike and a frustrated performer, my mother's into reading and poetry. I suppose the thing I owe them most is my confidence.

Robert Frost

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

Wallace Stevens

Money is a kind of poetry.

Edgar Allan Poe

I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.

Jim Morrison

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.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder

Audre Lorde

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.

Carl Sandburg

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

I know nothing new except that Herr Gellert, the Leipzig poet, is dead, and has written no more poetry since his death.

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.

T. S. Eliot

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

Robert Frost

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Wine is bottled poetry.

Ben Shapiro

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.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

When I arrived at Columbia, I gave up acting and became interested in all things French. French poetry, French history, French literature.

T. S. Eliot

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.

Honoré de Balzac

Love is the poetry of the senses.

John Dryden

Dancing is the poetry of the foot.

Ah! on Thanksgiving day.... When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more, And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before. What moistens the lips and what brightens the eye? What calls back the past, like the rich pumpkin pie?

Edgar Allan Poe

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.

Fear Imagination Religion
Emily Dickinson

If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.

Carl Sandburg

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.

Wallace Stevens

Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.

Salvador Dali

The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.

Thomas Hobbes

Such truth, as opposeth no man's profit, nor pleasure, is to all men welcome.

Carl Sandburg

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.

John Greenleaf Whittier

From the death of the old the new proceeds, and the life of truth from the death of creeds.

Anthony Hopkins

I learn poetry, learn text, and that really keeps you alive.

Virginia Woolf

Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.

Andre Gide

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Personality is everything in art and poetry.

Alice Walker

Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.

Carl Sandburg

Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.

Nikki Giovanni

Poetry and music are very good friends. Like mommies and daddies and strawberries and cream - they go together.

Good Music Togetherness
Bob Dylan

I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet.

W. H. Auden

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

Charlie Sheen

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.

Lisa Bonet

A group of us started a community center in Santa Monica. We've tried different programs, and three have worked really well. A poetry group. Once a week we visit Venice High and talk to girls at risk.

David Lee Roth

Rap is poetry to music, like beatniks without beards and bongos.

Viggo Mortensen

Photography, painting or poetry - those are just extensions of me, how I perceive things; they are my way of communicating.

Bette Midler

Rap is poetry set to music. But to me it's like a jackhammer.

T. S. Eliot

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.

William Butler Yeats

We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.

Robert Browning

God is the perfect poet.

Wallace Stevens

In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.

Lisa Marie Presley

I always loved singing and writing poetry. I always loved music, and I've loved writing my whole life. When I put them together, it was probably in my early 20s where I put words to music for the first time.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

Charles Baudelaire

It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.


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.

Bertrand Russell

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.

Jorge Luis Borges

Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.

Jim Morrison

If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.

Charles Baudelaire

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.

Music Dancing
Carl Sandburg

I've written some poetry I don't understand myself.

Amy Winehouse

I always wrote poetry and stuff like that, so putting songs together wasn't that spectacular.

Wallace Stevens

Most people read poetry listening for echoes because the echoes are familiar to them. They wade through it the way a boy wades through water, feeling with his toes for the bottom: The echoes are the bottom.

Vincent Van Gogh

Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.

Wallace Stevens

If poetry should address itself to the same needs and aspirations, the same hopes and fears, to which the Bible addresses itself, it might rival it in distribution.

Edgar Allan Poe

With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.

Emilio Estevez

I believe the death of Bobby Kennedy was in many ways the death of decency in America. I think it was the death of manners and formality, the death of poetry and the death of a dream.

Charles Baudelaire

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

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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.

Tom Hanks

It's always a combination of physics and poetry that I find inspiring. It's hard to wrap your head around things like the Hubble scope.

Charlie Chaplin

Why should poetry have to make sense?

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.

W. H. Auden

A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.

Stephen Colbert

I wrote things for the school's newspaper, and - like all teenagers - I dabbled in poetry.

School Newspaper
Samuel Johnson

Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.

Vladimir Nabokov

Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.

Steven Wright

I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.

It's something we, guys, have all done. Made tapes for girls, trying to impress them, to meet them on a shared plane of aesthetics. Read them someone else's poetry because they do poetry better than you could do it, because you're too awkward to do it.

Virginia Woolf

Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry.


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

Khalil Gibran

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.

John Ruskin

It is written on the arched sky; it looks out from every star. It is the poetry of Nature; it is that which uplifts the spirit within us.

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.

Taika Waititi

My father is a visual artist, so I was influenced by him, and my mother is an English teacher who forced me to read a lot of books and poetry and get involved in theatre. I developed a varied taste for different arts.

John F. Kennedy

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.

Robert Frost

Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.

Emily Dickinson

There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.


No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.

Viggo Mortensen

I have a publishing company of books by me and books of others. It drew people to poetry readings and photo exhibitions and painting exhibitions that I've been doing for years before that.

People Painting
John Ruskin

To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.

Charles Baudelaire

Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place.

Charles Baudelaire

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.

T. S. Eliot

Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.

T. S. Eliot

The business of the poet is not to find new emotions, but to use the ordinary ones and, in working them up into poetry, to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all.

J. K. Rowling

Every now and then I read a poem that does touch something in me, but I never turn to poetry for solace or pleasure in the way that I throw myself into prose.

John Ruskin

The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.

World Religion Soul
Jessie Buckley

My mum is a singer and harpist, and my dad writes fantastic poetry, so we've grown up around a lot of words and music.

James Russell Lowell

Poetry is something to make us wiser and better, by continually revealing those types of beauty and truth, which God has set in all men's souls.

Denis Villeneuve

Making poetry with a camera - that's the essence of what I do.


Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.