Why do you paint? For exactly the same reason I breathe. That's not an answer. There isn't any answer. How long hasn't there been any answer? As long as I can remember. And how long have you written? As long as I can remember. I mean poetry. So do I.
Romance is the poetry of literature.
The actual poetry of this engineering triumph was first brought stunningly upon me in 1915 when I sat in an audience in San Francisco and heard the breaking of the surf upon the far Atlantic shore.
Professionally he declines and falls, and as a friend he drops into poetry.
It is a test (a positive test, I do not assert that it is always valid negatively), that genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
Poetry teaches the enormous force of a few words, and, in proportion to the inspiration, checks loquacity.
Poetry must be new as foam, and as old as the rock.
I can tell you I wrote every single word in this book -- in English and Spanish. I've been writing poetry and stories since I was a kid. And I am a songwriter. But you have limitations when you are a songwriter.... It was really a luxury to have 31 pages to expound upon.
Poetry is the shadow cast by our imaginations.
She was the amoureuse of all the novels, the heroine of all the plays, the vague she of all the poetry books.
Crap,' said Janet. 'He was a whinger and he wrote it down. That's not poetry.
Poetry is not a creed or dogma. It is a special way of speaking and listening.
He offers a handshake, crooked five fingers They form a pattern yet to be matched On the surface simplicity But the darkest pit in me is pagan poetry
My meaning (dear Mother) is in these sonnets,to declare my resolution to be,that my poor abilities in poetry,shall be all and ever consecrated to God'god's glory.
It is to be hoped - I mean, I hope - that the poetry I have been writing since 1992 squares up to, takes the measure of, weighs up, the violent evasions and stock affronts of the oligarchy of fraud. I don't, even so, write poems to be polemical; I write to create a being of beautiful energy.
...modern poetry is necessarily obscure; if the reader can't get it, let him eat Browning...
Recent Poetry, p. 226
Poetry, from describing external events objectively, is becoming subjectified into a poetry of personal conscious expression.
Birth is the start of loneliness and loneliness the start of poetry...
He who has no poetry in himself will find poetry in nothing.
The poetry of earth is never dead.
Logic, like lyrical poetry, is no employment for the middle-aged
I never think of poetry or the poetry scene, only separate poems written by individuals.
The God of the Jews was an absolute God, who believed in other gods himself, to be sure, but forbade me to obey them, contrary to our own beliefs in the North. We have many gods and obey them all, and they us, the god of the sea and the god of the land, the god of thunder and the god of poetry.
If poetry is like an orgasm, an academic can be likened to someone who studies the passion-stains on the bedsheets.