Quotes About Poetry

Quotes tagged as "poetry" (showing 1,231-1,260 of 3,000)
Jalaluddin Rumi
“There came one and knocked at the door of the Beloved.
And a voice answered and said, 'Who is there?'
The lover replied, 'It is I.'
'Go hence,' returned the voice;
'there is no room within for thee and me.'
Then came the lover a second time and knocked and again the voice demanded,
'Who is there?'
He answered, 'It is thou.'
'Enter,' said the voice, 'for I am within.”
Jalaluddin Rumi

Jack Gilbert
The Abandoned Valley

Can you understand being alone so long
you would go out in the middle of the night
and put a bucket into the well
so you could feel something down there
tug at the other end of the rope?”
Jack Gilbert, Refusing Heaven

Seth Godin
“At the age of four, you were an artist. And at seven, you were a poet.”
Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Sylvia Plath
“Love is a shadow.
How you lie and cry after it”
Sylvia Plath, Ariel

Leonard Cohen
“I heard of a man
who says words so beautifully
that if he only speaks their name
women give themselves to him.

If I am dumb beside your body
while silence blossoms like tumors on our lips
it is because I hear a man climb stairs
and clear his throat outside our door.”
Leonard Cohen

Sylvia Plath
“The night sky is only a sort of carbon paper,
Blueblack, with the much-poked periods of stars
Letting in the light, peephole after peephole---
A bonewhite light, like death, behind all things.”
Sylvia Plath, The Collected Poems

Alfred Tennyson
“For I dipped into the future, far as human eye could see,
Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be.”
Alfred Tennyson, The Complete Works of Alfred Tennyson

Emily Dickinson
“I held a jewel in my fingers
And went to sleep.
The day was warm, and winds were prosy;
I said: "'T will keep."

I woke and chid my honest fingers,—
The gem was gone;
And now an amethyst remembrance
Is all I own.”
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems

Jeanette Winterson
“I believe in fiction and the power of stories because that way we speak in tongues. We are not silenced. All of us, when in deep trauma, find we hesitate, we stammer; there are long pauses in our speech. The thing is stuck. We get our language back through the language of others. We can turn to the poem. We can open the book. Somebody has been there for us and deep-dived the words.”
Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Charles Baudelaire
“Any healthy man can go without food for two days--but not without poetry.”
Charles Baudelaire

Saul Williams
“When I can feel you breathing into me i, like a stone gargoyle
atop some crumbling building,
spring to life
a resuscitated
Saul Williams, , said the shotgun to the head.

Tim Burton
“Stain Boy
Of all the super heroes,
the strangest one by far,
doesn't have a special power,
or drive a fancy car.

next to Superman and batman, I guess he must seem tame.
But to me he is quite special,
and Stain Boy is his name.

He can't fly around tall buildings,
or outrun a speeding train,
the only talent he seems to have
is to leave a nasty stain.

Sometimes I know it bothers him,
that he can't run or swim or fly,
and because of this one ability,
his dry cleaning bill is sky-high.”
Tim Burton

W.H. Davies
“What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?”
W.H. Davies, The Collected Poems of William H. Davies

Nicholson Baker
“You can tell it's a poem because it's swimming in a little gel pack of white space. That shows it's a poem.”
Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist

Hasil Paudyal
“May be its mine bad-luck
Or yours not to get me
But I still have hope
Of being yours”
Hasil Paudyal, Blended Words

Thomas Aquinas
“A song is the exultation of the mind dwelling on eternal things, bursting forth in the voice.”
Thomas Aquinas

“And now we step to the rhythm of miracles.
--from The Light, That Never Dies”
Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

John Donne
“If our two loves be one, or, thou and I
Love so alike, that none do slacken, none can die.”
John Donne, The Complete English Poems

“I had forgotten. Disgust shadows desire.
Another life is never safely envied.”
Robert Wells

Andrew Marvell
“But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near”
Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress

Frank O'Hara
“I wouldn’t want to be faster
or greener than now if you were with me O you
were the best of all my days!”
Frank O'Hara, The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Ye are better than all the ballads
That ever were sung or said;
For ye are living poems,
And all the rest are dead.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Birds of Passage

W.H. Auden
“And each in the cell of himself is almost convinced of his freedom.”
W.H. Auden

William Shakespeare
“Fondling,' she saith, 'since I have hemm'd thee here
Within the circuit of this ivory pale,
I'll be a park, and thou shalt be my deer;
Feed where thou wilt, on mountain or in dale:
Graze on my lips, and if those hills be dry,
Stray lower, where the pleasant fountains lie.”
William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis

“Equally, the surrealists consider words as witnesses of life acting in a direct way in human affairs. To use words properly it was necessary to treat them with respect, for they were the intermediaries between oneself and the rest of creation. To abuse them was immediately to set oneself adrift from true being. Words need to be coaxed to reveal a little of their true nature, so as to close the breach that exists between the writer and the universe. The world is not something alien against which man is in conflict. Rather man and cosmos exist in reciprocal motion. We are not cast adrift in an alien or meaningless environment. The universe is intimate with us and, as Breton insisted, it is a cryptogram to be deciphered.”
Michael Richardson, Dedalus Book of Surrealism 2: The Myth of the World

Walt Whitman
“The press of my foot to the earth springs a hundred affections,
They scorn the best I can do to relate them.”
Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

Matthew Quick
“Air goes in and out
of my nose, throat, lungs, blood, heart
brain - and so I am”
Matthew Quick, Sorta Like a Rock Star

Billy Collins
“I love to move like a mouse inside this puzzle for the body, balancing the wish to be lost with the need to be found.”
Billy Collins, Questions About Angels

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