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95+ Poetry Quotes

Poetry is the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts. Poetry means poems in general as a form of literature. Poetry also defines a very beautiful or emotional quality. This is a collection of 95+ Poetry quotes and sayings.


1. Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things. Matthew Arnold
2. Poetry: the best words in the best order. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
3. Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted. Percy Bysshe Shelley
4. Poetry is what gets lost in translation. Robert Frost
5. Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. Carl Sandburg
6. Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
7. Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. T. S. Eliot
8. With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion. Edgar Allan Poe
9. The poetry of the earth is never dead. John Keats
10. Personality is everything in art and poetry. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
11. Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry. Gustave Flaubert
12. Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter. Victor Hugo
13. A poem is never finished, only abandoned. Paul Valery
14. Poetry is life distilled. Gwendolyn Brooks
15. Love is the poetry of the senses. Honore de Balzac
16. Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes. Joseph Roux
17. A grain of poetry suffices to season a century. Jose Marti
18. Poetry begins where language starts: in the shadows and accidents of one person's life. Eavan Boland
19. Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers. Yevgeny Yevtushenko
20. Superstition is the poetry of life. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
21. Poetry comes alive to me through recitation. Natalie Merchant
22. Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. Robert Frost
23. Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. Jorge Luis Borges
24. Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. Thomas Gray
25. Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language. Lucille Clifton
26. Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth. June Jordan
27. Poetry is emotion, passion, love, grief - everything that is human. It is not for zombies by zombies. F. Sionil Jose
28. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal. T. S. Eliot
29. Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down. Robert Frost
30. Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing. Edmund Burke
31. Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. Plato
32. Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits. Carl Sandburg
33. Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. Novalis
34. Poetry has done enough when it charms, but prose must also convince. H. L. Mencken
35. Poetry is really a way of sharing feelings and ideas. Caroline Kennedy
36. Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity. Walter Mosley
37. Poetry and lyrics are very similar. Making words bounce off a page. Taylor Swift
38. Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds. Percy Bysshe Shelley
39. Poetry consists in a rhyming dictionary and things seen. Gertrude Stein
40. Poetry is more a threshold than a path. Seamus Heaney
41. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away. Carl Sandburg
42. Poetry is the deification of reality. Edith Sitwell
43. Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance. Robert Frost
44. Poetry at its best can do you a lot of harm. Sylvia Plath
45. Poetry is indispensable - if I only knew what for. Jean Cocteau
46. Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it. Seamus Heaney
47. Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production. Joseph Brodsky
48. Poetry stands or falls by its music. John Burnside
49. Poetry is adolescence fermented, and thus preserved. Jose Ortega y Gasset
50. Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words. Tahar Ben Jelloun
51. Poetry carries the imagery which is large enough for the kind of life we want for ourselves. David Whyte
52. Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. Rita Dove
53. Poetry for me is as much a spiritual practice as sexual ecstasy is. James Broughton
54. Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature. David Hare
55. Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony. Horace Walpole
56. Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite expressions. Joseph Roux
57. Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them. Dennis Gabor
58. Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly. T. S. Eliot
59. Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth. Samuel Johnson
60. Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it. Percy Bysshe Shelley
61. Poetry is a domestic art, most itself when most at home. Seamus Heaney
62. A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become. W. H. Auden
63. Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild. Denis Diderot
64. Poetry and art are key influences in changing how we look at taboos. Rupi Kaur
65. Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life. William Hazlitt
66. Poetry seems to be the only weapon able to beat language, using language's own means. Joseph Brodsky
67. Poetry is not an art or a branch of art: it's something more. Joseph Brodsky
68. Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words. Vladimir Nabokov
69. The fate of poetry is to fall in love with the world. Derek Walcott
70. Poetry has, in a way, been my bridge to my acting career. Omari Hardwick
71. Never fear: Thank Home, and Poetry, and the Force behind both. Wilfred Owen
71. Write verse, not poetry. The public wants verse. If you have a talent for poetry, then don't by any means mother it, but try your hand at verse. Robert W. Service
72. I think poetry is a fabulous medium to encapsulate thoughts far more precisely than prose. Kapil Sibal
73. Poetry is the hardest thing that there is. It fascinates me, so I want to write more of it. Steve Earle
74. One has only as much morality as one has philosophy and poetry. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
75. Poetry itself hasn't been well served by poets who fled to the margins. Edward Hirsch
76. Poetry takes place in time. It is a durational. Things take place in sequence. Edward Hirsch
77. Poetry is so vital to us until school spoils it. Russell Baker
78. Poetry and prayer are very similar. Carol Ann Duffy
79. Poetry lies its way to the truth. John Ciardi
80. Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases. William Shenstone
81. Poetry is the mother-tongue of the human race. Johann Georg Hamann
82. Poetry is innocent, not wise. It does not learn from experience, because each poetic experience is unique. Karl Shapiro
83. Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry. Cassandra Clare
84. Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. Leonardo da Vinci
85. A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. Robert Frost
86. Poetry is what gets lost in translation. Robert Frost
87. Poetry is what happens when nothing else can. Charles Bukowski
88. There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it. Gustave Flaubert
89. Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings. W.H. Auden
90. Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone. Lawrence Ferlinghetti
91. Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. Novalis
92. Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations. Lawrence Ferlinghetti
93. The poetry of the earth is never dead. John Keats
94. Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen
95. With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion. Edgar Allan Poe
96. I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty. Edgar Allan Poe
97. Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. Edgar Allan Poe
98. To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary. Edgar Allan Poe
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