I'm quite sure that most writers would sustain real poetry if they could, but it takes devotion and talent.
No poet is ever completely lost. He has the secret of his childhood safe with him, like some secret cave in which he can kneel. And, when we read his poetry, we can join him there.
For the purposes of poetry a convincing impossibility is preferable to an unconvincing possibility.
Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive and wisely effective mode of saying things, and hence its importance.
The crown of literature is poetry.
We may have an excellent Ear in Musick, without being able to perform in any kind. We may judg well of Poetry, without being Poets, or possessing the least of a Poetick Vein: But we can have no tolerable Notion of Goodness, without being tolerably good.
To some degree every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one.
True poetry is a function of awakening. It awakens us, but it must retain the memory of previous dreams.
Poetry can be written only because it has been written.
Poetry emulates the Cosmos perhaps because the Cosmos itself is the grandest conceivable example of rhythm, rhyme, harmony and concinnity.
It is interesting to note that poetry, a literary device whose very construct involves the use of words, is itself the word of choice by persons grasping to describe something so beautiful, it is marvelously ineffable.
Poetry is a subset of a Cosmos, which in itself, is a poem.
A phoneme, an utterance, could be said to be the beginning of poetry's evolutionary chain.
Dreams are the food of human progress. Poetry, like all physics, ultimately quantifies the unquantifiable that is beyond all form.
The fact is that poetry is not the books in the library... Poetry is the encounter of the reader with the book, the discovery of the book.
A friend came over to the house a few days ago and read one of my poems. He came back today and asked to read the same poem over again. After he finished reading it, he said, It makes me want to write poetry.
Poetry's magic lies in the imagery which satifies even without interpretation..it is accepted as easily as it was created.
You speak As one who fed on poetry.
I have nothing to say/ and I am saying it/ and that is poetry/ as I need it.
Most anthologists of poetry or quotations are like those who eat cherries or oysters, first picking the best and ending by eating everything.
Poetry, unlike oratory should not aim at clarity..but be dense with meaning, 'something to be chewed and digested
The one stream of poetry which is continually flowing is slang.
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
The central idea of poetry is the idea of guessing right, like a child.
The book of Job is pure Arab poetry of the highest and most antique cast.