Quotes About Poetry

Quotes tagged as "poetry" (showing 1,321-1,350 of 3,000)
Seamus Heaney
“I can't think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people's understanding of what's going on in the world.”
Seamus Heaney

“here’s a toast to Alan Turing
born in harsher, darker times
who thought outside the container
and loved outside the lines
and so the code-breaker was broken
and we’re sorry
yes now the s-word has been spoken
the official conscience woken
– very carefully scripted but at least it’s not encrypted –
and the story does suggest
a part 2 to the Turing Test:
1. can machines behave like humans?
2. can we?”
Matt Harvey

“In a world gushing blood day and night, you never stop mopping up pain.”
Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

T.J. Klune
“Otter! Otter! Otter!
Don’t lead cows to slaughter!
I love you, and I know
I should’ve told you soon-a
But you didn’t buy the dolphin-safe tuna!”
T.J. Klune, Bear, Otter, and the Kid

Wisława Szymborska
“A Note

Life is the only way
to get covered in leaves,
catch your breath on the sand,
rise on wings;

to be a dog,
or stroke its warm fur;

to tell pain
from everything it's not;

to squeeze inside events,
dawdle in views,
to seek the least of all possible mistakes.

An extraordinary chance
to remember for a moment
a conversation held
with the lamp switched off;

and if only once
to stumble upon a stone,
end up soaked in one downpour or another,

mislay your keys in the grass;
and to follow a spark on the wind with your eyes;
and to keep on not knowing
something important.”
Wisława Szymborska

Ana Castillo
“Women Are Not Roses

Women have no
only continual

Though rivers flow
women are not

Women are not
they are not oceans
or stars.

i would like to tell
her this but
i think she
already knows.”
Ana Castillo, Women Are Not Roses

Omar Khayyám
“Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.”
Omar Khayyám

Mario Benedetti
“Hay menos tiempo que lugar, no obstante, hay lugares que duran un minuto y para cierto tiempo no ha lugar.

Mario Benedetti

T.S. Eliot
“Till Human voices wake us, and we drown.”
T.S. Eliot

Ezra Pound
“The Garden

En robe de parade.
- Samain

Like a skein of loose silk blown against a wall
She walks by the railing of a path in Kensington Gardens,
And she is dying piece-meal
of a sort of emotional anaemia.

And round about there is a rabble
Of the filthy, sturdy, unkillable infants of the very poor.
They shall inherit the earth.

In her is the end of breeding.
Her boredom is exquisite and excessive.
She would like some one to speak to her,
And is almost afraid that I
will commit that indiscretion.”
Ezra Pound

Edwin Arlington Robinson
“And thus we all are nighing
The truth we fear to know:
Death will end our crying
For friends that come and go.”
Edwin Arlington Robinson

Pablo Neruda
“A book,
a book full
of human touches,
of shirts,
a book
without loneliness, with men
and tools,
a book
is victory.”
Pablo Neruda, Odes to Common Things

E.E. Cummings
“hate blows a bubble of despair into
hugeness world system universe and bang
-fear buries a tomorrow under woe
and up comes yesterday most green and young”
E.E. Cummings, Complete Poems, 1904-1962

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Sweet as the tender fragrance that survives,
When martyred flowers breathe out their little lives,
Sweet as a song that once consoled our pain,
But never will be sung to us again,
Is they remembrance. Now the hour of rest
Hath come to thee. Sleep, darling: it is best.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Francesca Lia Block
“I wrote poetry from the time I could write. That was the only way I could begin to express who I was but the poems didn't make sense to my teachers. They didn't rhyme. They were about the wind sounds, the planets' motions, never about who I was or how I felt. I didn't think I felt anything. I was this mind more than a body or a heart. My mind photographing the stars, hearing the wind.”
Francesca Lia Block, Baby Be-Bop

Robert Bly
“Reclaiming the sacred in our lives naturally brings us close once more to the wellsprings of poetry.”
Robert Bly

Orhan Veli Kanık
“I don't love her anymore
Why should I walk
By the tavern
Where I drank
Every night
Thinking of her?”
Orhan Veli Kanık, I, Orhan Veli

Adeline Yen Mah
“People with yuan fen are destined to like one another;
Friendship develops even if a thousand miles apart.
But should yuan fen be absent between two individuals,
They will remain strangers despite sitting face-to-face”
Adeline Yen Mah, Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society

David Almond
“I sit in my tree
I sing like the birds
My beak is my pen
My songs are my poems.”
David Almond, My Name Is Mina

Naomi Shihab Nye
“Poetry [is] more necessary than ever as a fire to light our tongues.”
Naomi Shihab Nye, Salting the Ocean: 100 Poems by Young Poets

Jack Spicer
“Most of my friends like words too well. They set them under the blinding light of the poem and try to extract every possible connotation from each of them, every temporary pun, every direct or indirect connection - as if a word could become an object by mere addition of consequences. Others pick up words from the streets, from their bars, from their offices and display them proudly in their poems as if they were shouting, "See what I have collected from the American language. Look at my butterflies, my stamps, my old shoes!" What does one do with all this crap?”
Jack Spicer

Dejan Stojanovic
“Be aware of the high notes, of the blissful faces and their soft messages, and listen for the silent message of a highly decorated gift.”
Dejan Stojanovic

Pablo Neruda
“Soy el desesperado, la palabra sin ecos, el que lo perdiò todo, y el que todo lo tuvo.”
Pablo Neruda, Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Canción Desesperada

Paul Laurence Dunbar
“This, this indeed is to be accursed,
For if we mortals love, or if we sing,
We count our joys not by what we have,
But by what kept us from that perfect thing.”
Paul Laurence Dunbar

Ted Kooser
“When she left me
I stood out in the thunderstorm,
hoping to be destroyed by lightning.
It missed, first left, then right.”
Ted Kooser, Braided Creek

Dejan Stojanovic
“From whichever side I start, I think I am in an old place where others have been before me.”
Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

W.S. Merwin
“I offer you what I have my
W.S. Merwin

Billy Collins
“No one here likes a wet dog.”
Billy Collins

“The statement ‘There is nothing more American than an Indian’ happens to be a multidimensional paradox. Try and not say too many of those. That might open your mind to ideas that could cause sanity point loss.”
Charles Slagle

Rainer Maria Rilke
“Interior of the hand. Sole that has come to walk
only on feelings. That faces upward
and in its mirror
receives heavenly roads, which travel
along themselves.
That has learned to walk upon water
when it scoops,
that walks upon wells,
transfiguring every path.
That steps into other hands,
changes those that are like it
into a landscape:
wanders and arrives within them,
fills them with arrival.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

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