Poetry Quotes and Sayings

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

I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is prose; words in their best order; – poetry; the best words in the best order.
– S.T.Coleridge

Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
– Adrian Mitchell

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

There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either.
– Robert Graves

Poems of any length are inherently complete in themselves.

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.
– Joseph Joubert


Spontaneous rhythm and rhyme
Appearing from time to time
Effortlessly in some lines
Unintended to be verse,
Yet prose, they don’t seem to be;
That, to me, is poetry!
Boghos L. Artinian

Submitted by: Boghos L. Artinian on July 17, 2018

A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.
Charlie Chaplin

Well, write poetry, for Gods sake, its the only thing that matters.
– E. E. Cummings

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

Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry is prose, bent out of shape.
– J. Patrick Lewis

Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.

Poetry, like the moon, does not advertise anything.
– William Blissett


Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.
– William Hazlitt

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

He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise.
Oscar Wilde

It’s easier to quote poets than to read them.
– Allison Barrows

Poetry is reverie on paper.
Terri Guillemets

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

You can’t write poetry on the computer.
– Quentin Tarantino

Poetry slips a silk dress over naked prose.
– James Lendall Basford

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

The poet doesn’t invent. He listens.
– Jean Cocteau


Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.
– Christopher Fry

Poetry! poetry! the emptiest of all words, or the most significant, -the most frivolous of all things, or the most important.
– Alexandre Vinet

A poet swallows life and exhales painted words.
Terri Guillemets

Poetry is the impish attempt to paint the color of the wind.
– Maxwell Bodenheim

A poet is a painter of the soul.
– Isaac D’Israeli

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