Poetry Quotes

Experience has taught me, when I am shaving of a morning, to keep watch over my thoughts, because, if a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act. A. E. Housman

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Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure. A. E. Housman

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If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act. A. E. Housman

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Poetry always runs away from you - it's very difficult to grasp it, and every time you read it, depending on your conditions, you will have a different grasp of it. Whereas with a novel, once you have read it, you have grasped it. Abbas Kiarostami

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In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you. Abbas Kiarostami

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But it is the province of religion, of philosophy, of pure poetry only, to go beyond life, beyond time, into eternity. Alfred de Vigny

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The language of the Catholic Church - the liturgy, the prayer, the gospels - was in many ways my first poetry. Alice McDermott

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I believed in fictional characters as if they were a part of real life. Poetry was important, too. My parents had memorized poems from their days attending school in New York City and loved reciting them. We all enjoyed listening to these poems and to music as well. Alice McDermott

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I read a little bit of nonfiction and a lot of poetry. I think of poetry as my shot of whiskey when I don't have time to savor a whole bottle of wine. Alice McDermott

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I have written some songs, but I would really call what I've done poetry at the end of the day, because I'll sit with my guitar for hours and hours on end for, like, a week and then I won't touch it for a month. I also just have no confidence. And you know what? I don't have time, because I'd rather be doing other things, like knitting. Amanda Seyfried

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What is beautiful enchants me. I mean not just physical beauty but a wider concept of beauty. There is beauty in poetry and in great musical or singing performances. There is beauty everywhere if you can just see it. Andrea Bocelli

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I don't write poetry and then strum some chords and then fit the words on top of the chords. Andrew Bird

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Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words. Archibald MacLeish

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Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world. Archibald MacLeish

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Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there. Archibald MacLeish

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Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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So now I have a collection of poetry by Aaron Neville and I give it to people I want to share it with. I'd like to publish it someday. Aaron Neville

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I write poetry on my iPhone. I've got about 100 poems on there. Aaron Neville

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The claims I'm making for art are simply the claims that we naturally make around music or around poetry. We're much more relaxed around those art forms. We're willing to ask, 'How could this find a place in my heart?' Alain de Botton

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Romantic poetry had its heyday when people like Lord Byron were kicking it large. But you try and make a living as a poet today, and you'll find it's very different! Alan Moore

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Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. Albert Einstein

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I am an artist, you understand? For me, a picture is like poetry. When you make art, this is not coming from an intellectual place. It's coming from the deep side of your unconscious, your soul. Alejandro Jodorowsky

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I have not the slightest pretension to call my verses poetry; I write now and then for no other purpose than to relieve depression or to improve my English. Alfred Nobel

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Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness. Alice Walker

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For me, I used to be shy towards journalism because it wasn't poetry. And then I realized that the events that I covered in essays that became journalism were actually great because they inspired me, and they became my muse. Alice Walker

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Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private. Allen Ginsberg

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The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That's what poetry does. Allen Ginsberg

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Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does. Allen Ginsberg

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I want people to bow as they see me and say he is gifted with poetry, he has seen the presence of the creator. Allen Ginsberg

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The major poets of New Jersey have all suffered, whether it's Whitman, who lost his job for 'Leaves of Grass,' or William Carlos Williams, who was called a communist, or Ginsberg, whose 'Howl' was prosecuted, or myself. If you practise poetry the way I think it needs to be done, you're going to put yourself in jeopardy. Amiri Baraka

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