Poetry Quotes

Quotes tagged as "poetry" (showing 1,351-1,380 of 3,000)
William Wordsworth
“The eye--it cannot choose but see;
We cannot bid the ear be still;
Our bodies feel, where'er they be,
Against or with our will.”
William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads

Wallace Stevens
“The exceeding brightness of this early sun
Makes me conceive how dark I have become.”
Wallace Stevens, The Palm at the End of the Mind: Selected Poems and a Play

Matsuo Bashō
“When composing a verse let there not be a hair's breath separating your mind from what you write; composition of a poem must be done in an instant, like a woodcutter felling a huge tree or a swordsman leaping at a dangerous enemy.”
Matsuo Bashō

Anne Carson
“Here we go mother on the shipless ocean.
Pity us, pity the ocean, here we go.”
Anne Carson, Decreation

“And watch two men washing clothes,
one makes dry clothes wet. The other makes wet clothes dry. they seem to be thwarting each other, but their work is a perfect harmony.

Every holy person seems to have a different doctrine and practice, but there's really only one work.”

Kenneth Rexroth
“I've had it with these cheap sons of bitches who claim they love poetry but never buy a book.”
Kenneth Rexroth

Rainer Maria Rilke
“Works of art are of an infinite solitude, and no means of approach is so useless as criticism. Only love can touch and hold them and be fair to them.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Atticus Poetry
“There’s too much risk in loving,’
the young boy said,
said the old man,
‘there’s too much risk in not.”
Atticus Poetry, Love Her Wild

Kobayashi Issa
“before the gate --
my walking stick's made a river
of melting snow”
Kobayashi Issa

Benjamin Franklin
“It's better to swim in the sea below
Than to swing in the air and feed the crow,
Says jolly Ned Teach of Bristol.”
Benjamin Franklin

Langston Hughes
“The sea is a desert of waves,
A wilderness of water.”
Langston Hughes, Selected Poems

Louise Glück
“Desire, loneliness, wind in the flowering almond—
surely these are the great, the inexhaustible subjects
to which my predecessors apprenticed themselves.
I hear them echo in my own heart, disguised as convention.”
Louise Glück, The Seven Ages

Atticus Poetry
“You deserve to be the person you were meant to be. ”
Atticus Poetry, Love Her Wild

Warsan Shire
“Sometimes it feels like someone else is wearing my body.”
Warsan Shire, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

Walt Whitman
“For we cannot tarry here,
We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,
We, the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend, Pioneers! O pioneers! ”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Martín Espada
Advice to Young Poets

Never pretend
to be a unicorn
by sticking a plunger on your head.”
Martín Espada

Atticus Poetry
“Art takes time—
Monet grew his gardens
before he painted them.”
Atticus Poetry, Love Her Wild

Atticus Poetry
“Thinking of you is a poison I drink often. ”
Atticus Poetry, Love Her Wild

Atticus Poetry
“As he took her hand
he gave her
all she had been
waiting for--
a shiver
down her spine.”
Atticus Poetry, Love Her Wild

Cassandra Clare
“[Kieran]his head propped on a stack of poetry books he’d brought from the library. Almost all of them had been inscribed on the inside cover by a James Herondale, who had neatly written out his favorite lines.”
Cassandra Clare, Lord of Shadows

William Wordsworth
She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways

She dwelt among the untrodden ways
Beside the springs of Dove,
A Maid whom there were none to praise
And very few to love:

A violet by a mossy stone
Half hidden from the eye!
—Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky.

She lived unknown, and few could know
When Lucy ceased to be;
But she is in her grave, and, oh,
The difference to me!”
William Wordsworth, The Works of William Wordsworth (Wordsworth Collection)

Sharon Creech
“I don't want to
because boys
don't write poetry.

Girls do.”
Sharon Creech, Love That Dog

Li-Young Lee
“A door jumps
out from shadows,
then jumps away. This
is what I've come to find:
the back door, unlatched.
Tooled by insular wind, it
slams and slams
without meaning
to and without meaning.”
Li-Young Lee, The City in Which I Love You

“Hearing a crow with no mouth
Cry in the deep
Darkness of the night,
I feel a longing for
My father before he was born.”
Ikkyu, Crow with No Mouth

Nick Hornby
“contemporary poetry is a kind of Reykjavik, a place where accessibility and intelligence have been fighting a Cold War by proxy for the last half-century. ”
Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree

Frédéric Gros
“None of your knowledge, your reading, your connections will be of any use here: two legs suffice, and big eyes to see with. Walk alone, across mountains or through forests. You are nobody to the hills or the thick boughs heavy with greenery. You are no longer a role, or a status, not even an individual, but a body, a body that feels sharp stones on the paths, the caress of long grass and the freshness of the wind. When you walk, the world has neither present nor future: nothing but the cycle of mornings and evenings. Always the same thing to do all day: walk. But the walker who marvels while walking (the blue of the rocks in a July evening light, the silvery green of olive leaves at noon, the violet morning hills) has no past, no plans, no experience. He has within him the eternal child. While walking I am but a simple gaze.”
Frédéric Gros, A Philosophy of Walking

John Keats
“I do think the bars
That kept my spirit in are burst - that I
Am sailing with thee through the dizzy sky!
How beautiful thou art!”
John Keats, The Complete Poems

Pablo Neruda
“La heradera del dia destruida.
(The heiress of the destroyed day.)”
Pablo Neruda

K.Y. Robinson
“our foundation is rocky
because we made a home
in each other’s skin.
the damage is beginning
to show.”
K.Y. Robinson, The Chaos of Longing

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