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Quotes About Poetry

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Virginia Woolf
“Green in nature is one thing, green in literature another. Nature and letters seem to have a natural antipathy; bring them together and they tear each other to pieces.”
Virginia Woolf, Orlando

Roman Payne
“The season was waning fast
Our nights were growing cold at last
I took her to bed with silk and song,
'Lay still, my love, I won’t be long;
I must prepare my body for passion.'
'O, your body you give, but all else you ration.'
'It is because of these dreams of a sylvan scene:
A bleeding nymph to leave me serene...
I have dreams of a trembling wench.'
'You have dreams,' she said, 'that cannot be quenched.'
'Our passion,' said I, 'should never be feared;
As our longing for love can never be cured.
Our want is our way and our way is our will,
We have the love, my love, that no one can kill.'
'If night is your love, then in dreams you’ll fulfill...
This love, our love, that no one can kill.'
Yet want is my way, and my way is my will,
Thus I killed my love with a sleeping pill.”
Roman Payne

Virgil
“forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit.
and perhaps it will be pleasing to have remembered these things one day”
Virgil, Virgil: Eclogues. Georgics. Aeneid: Books 1-6

With my ninth mind I resurrect my first and dance slow to the music of
“With my ninth mind I resurrect my first
and dance slow to the music of my soul made new.”
Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

Wallace Stevens
“The way through the world
Is more difficult to find than the way beyond it.”
Wallace Stevens

Don Marquis
“Publishing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.”
Don Marquis

Roberto Bolaño
“Only poetry isn't shit.”
Roberto Bolaño

Seamus Heaney
“There is risk and truth to yourselves and the world before you. ”
Seamus Heaney

Luís Vaz de Camões
“Times change, as do our wills, What we are - is ever changing; All the world is made of change, And forever attaining new qualities.”
Luís Vaz de Camões, Sonetos de Camões

George Orwell
“Has it ever occurred to you,' he said, 'that the whole history of English poetry has been de-termined by the fact that the English language lacks rhymes?”
George Orwell, 1984

John Milton
“Immortal amarant, a flower which once
In paradise, fast by the tree of life,
Began to bloom; but soon for man's offence
To heaven removed, where first it grew, there grows,
And flowers aloft, shading the fount of life,
And where the river of bliss through midst of heaven
Rolls o'er elysian flowers her amber stream:
With these that never fade the spirits elect
Bind their resplendent locks.”
John Milton, Paradise Lost

Ikkyu
“don't wait for the man standing in the
snow
to cut off his arm help him now”
Ikkyu, Crow with No Mouth

Wilfred Owen
“All a poet can do today is warn.”
Wilfred Owen

Benny Bellamacina
“Be generous with your smile and try not to frown.
And you will see my children; your smile will never let you down ☺”
Benny Bellamacina, The King of Rhyme

Mark Doty
“What did you think, that joy / was some slight thing?”
Mark Doty

Mark Haddon
“Miaow

Consider me.
I sit here like Tiberius,
inscrutable and grand.
I will let "I dare not"
wait upon "I would"
and bear the twangling
of your small guitar
because you are my owl
and foster me with milk.
Why wet my paw?
Just keep me in a bag
and no one knows the truth.
I am familiar with witches
and stand a better chance in hell than you
for I can dance on hot bricks,
leap your height
and land on all fours.
I am the servant of the Living God.
I worship in my way.
Look into these slit green stones
and follow your reflected lights
into the dark.

Michel, Duc de Montaigne, knew.
You don't play with me.
I play with you.”
Mark Haddon, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea: Poems

Tony Hoagland
“Outside the youth center, between the liquor store
and the police station,
a little dogwood tree is losing its mind;

overflowing with blossomfoam,
like a sudsy mug of beer;
like a bride ripping off her clothes,

dropping snow white petals to the ground in clouds,

so Nature’s wastefulness seems quietly obscene.
It’s been doing that all week:
making beauty,
and throwing it away,
and making more.”
Tony Hoagland, What Narcissism Means to Me

Adrian Mitchell
“Most people ignore most poetry because poetry ignores most people.”
Adrian Mitchell

Brandon Scott Gorrell
“from my chair i can see the street and it seems depressing”
Brandon Scott Gorrell

Marianne Moore
“... imaginary gardens with real toads in them ...
... if you demand on one hand,
the raw material of poetry in
all its rawness and
that which is on the other hand
genuine, then you are interested in poetry.”
Marianne Moore, Complete Poems

Louise Glück
“Gretel in Darkness:


This is the world we wanted.
All who would have seen us dead
are dead. I hear the witch's cry
break in the moonlight through a sheet
of sugar: God rewards.
Her tongue shrivels into gas....

Now, far from women's arms
And memory of women, in our father's hut
we sleep, are never hungry.
Why do I not forget?
My father bars the door, bars harm
from this house, and it is years.

No one remembers. Even you, my brother,
summer afternoons you look at me as though
you meant to leave,
as though it never happened.
But I killed for you. I see armed firs,
the spires of that gleaming kiln--

Nights I turn to you to hold me
but you are not there.
Am I alone? Spies
hiss in the stillness, Hansel
we are there still, and it is real, real,
that black forest, and the fire in earnest.”
Louise Glück

Santosh Kalwar
“Love does not claim materialistic possession of any kind, it yields complete freedom.”
Santosh Kalwar

Oscar Wilde
“I have been right, Basil, haven’t I, to take my love out of poetry, and to find my wife in Shakespeare’s plays? Lips that Shakespeare taught to speak have whispered their secret in my ear. I have had the arms of Rosalind around me, and kissed Juliet on the mouth.”
Oscar Wilde

Joyce Carol Oates
“If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?”
Joyce Carol Oates

Santosh Kalwar
“From the mind which thinks to die, let my soul sleep tonight.”
Santosh Kalwar, I Am Dead Man Alive
tags: poetry

Gustave Flaubert
“When one does something, one must do it wholly and well. Those bastard existences where you sell suet all day and write poetry at night are made for mediocre minds – like those horses that are equally good for saddle and carriage, the worst kind, that can neither jump a ditch nor pull a plow.”
Gustave Flaubert, Flaubert in Egypt: A Sensibility on Tour

Edna St. Vincent Millay
“Catch from the board of beauty/ Such careless crumbs as fall.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay

André Breton
“The pure playfulness of certain wholly whimsical portions of (Charles) Cros’s work should not obscure the fact that at the center of some of his most beautiful poems a revolver is leveled straight at us.”
André Breton

Bono
“There's no retirement for an artist,its your way of living so theres no end to it.”
Bono
tags: art, poetry

Euripides
“That mortal is a fool who, prospering, thinks his life has any strong foundation; since our fortune's course of action is the reeling way a madman takes, and no one person is ever happy all the time.”
Euripides, Trojan women: The Trojan women by Euripedes, and Helen, and Orestes by Ritsos

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