Poetry Quotes and Sayings

Poetry is intimacy between poet and reader. It’s revealing your truth and feeling safe acceptance in the unveiling.
Adiela Akoo

Poets are cut from a tender cloth that covers our world in beauty.
Adiela Akoo

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
Paul Valéry

Poetry is not an assertion of truth, but the making of that truth more fully real to us.
T.S. Eliot

We learn what poetry is – if we ever learn – by reading it.
T.S. Eliot

It seems just possible that a poem might happen to a very young man: but a poem is not poetry -That is a life.
T.S. Eliot

The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.
T.S. Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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