Poetry Quotes SMS Collection

To be a poet is condition not

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.  ~Robert Frostquoted posthumously on National Public Radio, 17 July 1992

Mr witwould 34pray madam do you pin

Mr Witwould:  "Pray, madam, do you pin up your hair with all your letters?  I find I must keep copies." Mrs Millamant:  "Only with

Poetry is not an expression of the

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

I dont create poetry myself for me

I don’t create poetry, I create myself, for me my poems are a way to me.  ~Edith Södergran

Each memorable verse of a true poet

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.  ~Alfred de Musset, Le Poète déchu, 1839LCD

Only the poet has any right to

Only the poet has any right to be sorry for the poor, if he has anything to spare when he has thought of the

The poet may be used as a

The poet… may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.  ~Lionel Trilling, The

Poetry is the impish attempt to paint

Poetry is the impish attempt to paint the color of the wind.  ~Maxwell Bodenheim

If galileo had said in verse that

If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.  ~Thomas HardyFD

34most poems are never finished34 i was

"Most poems are never finished," (I was defensive).  He sighed: "No, most poems are never started."  ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.comtwitter.com/WordWhispers/status/76660356969275393

If the author had said 34let us

If the author had said "Let us put on appropriate galoshes," there could, of course, have been no poem.  ~Author UnknownSD

The smell of ink is intoxicating to

The smell of ink is intoxicating to me ? others may have wine, but I have poetry. ~Terri Guillemets

A poem is true if it hangs

A poem is true if it hangs together.  Information points to something else.  A poem points to nothing but itself.  ~E.M. Forster, Two Cheers

The poetry of the earth is never

The poetry of the earth is never dead.  ~John Keats

A poets autobiography is his poetry anything

A poet’s autobiography is his poetry.  Anything else is just a footnote.  ~Yevgeny Yentushenko, The Sole Survivor, 1982LCD

Poetry comes with anger hunger and dismay

Poetry comes with anger, hunger and dismay; it does not often visit groups of citizens sitting down to be literary together, and would appal

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.  ~Plato, Ion

Poetry is to philosophy what the sabbath

Poetry is to philosophy what the Sabbath is to the rest of the week.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth,

A sold poem loses half its meaning

A sold poem loses half its meaning. ~Terri Guillemets

I grew up in this town my

I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and

Poetry is thoughts that breathe and words

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.  ~Thomas Gray

Imaginary gardens with real toads in them

Imaginary gardens with real toads in them.  ~Marianne Moore’s definition of poetry, "Poetry," Collected Poems, 1951QG

34therefore34 is a word the poet must

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.  ~André GideSD

Poetry is all that worth remembering in

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.  ~William Hazlitt

Theres no money in poetry but then

There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either.  ~Robert Graves, 1962 interview on BBC-TV, based on a very similar

Children and lunatics cut the gordian knot

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.  ~Jean Cocteau

Your prayer can be poetry and poetry

Your prayer can be poetry, and poetry can be your prayer. ~Terri GuillemetsQE

The poem is a little myth of

The poem… is a little myth of man’s capacity of making life meaningful.  And in the end, the poem is not a thing we

A true poet does not bother to

A true poet does not bother to be poetical.  Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.  ~Jean CocteauFD

A poet is a man who puts

A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.  ~Edmond de Goncourt

A poet is a man who manages

A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times. 

Poetry is a deal of joy and

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.  ~Kahlil Gibran

Poetry is when an emotion has found

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.  ~Robert Frost

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of world

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.  ~Percy Byshe Shelley

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.  ~Carl Sandburg

Poets are mysterious but a poet when

Poets are mysterious, but a poet when all is said is not much more mysterious than a banker.  ~Allen TateCUL

Science is for those who learn poetry

Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know.  ~Joseph Roux, Meditations of a Parish PriestPart I, Number 71

The poet is in the end probably

The poet is in the end probably more afraid of the dogmatist who wants to extract the message from the poem and throw the

He who writes prose builds his temple

He who writes prose builds his temple to Fame in rubble; he who writes verses builds it in granite.  ~Edward Bulwer-LyttonMCTO

Mathematics and poetry are the utterance of

Mathematics and Poetry are… the utterance of the same power of imagination, only that in the one case it is addressed to the head,

I am looking for a poem that

I am looking for a poem that says Everything so I don’t have to write anymore.  ~Tukaram

Poetry is mans rebellion against being what

Poetry is man’s rebellion against being what he is.  ~James Branch CabellBMC

Poetry is prose bent out of shape

Poetry is prose, bent out of shape.  ~J. Patrick Lewis, www.jpatricklewis.com

We dont read and write poetry because

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute.  We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race.  And the

You cant write poetry on the computer

You can’t write poetry on the computer.  ~Quentin Tarantinordqqjul01

Like a piece of ice on hot

Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting. ~Robert FrostLCE

Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes

Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes.  ~Carl Sandburg

Most painters have painted themselves so most

Most painters have painted themselves.  So have most poets: not so palpably indeed, but more assiduously.  Some have done nothing else.  ~Augustus William Hare

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows.  ~Edmund Burke

Happiness is sharing a bowl of cherries

Happiness is sharing a bowl of cherries and a book of poetry with a shade tree. ~Terri Guillemets

Poetry is not always words terri guillemets

Poetry is not always words. ~Terri Guillemets

If you got to talking most cowboys

If you got to talking to most cowboys, they’d admit they write ’em.  I think some of the meanest, toughest sons of bitches around

Always be a poet even in prose

Always be a poet, even in prose.  ~Charles Baudelaire, "My Heart Laid Bare," Intimate Journals, 1864

Poetry is the journal of sea animal

Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.  Poetry is a search for syllables to

You will find poetry nowhere unless you

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.  ~Joseph Joubert

Poetry is the key to hieroglyphics of

Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of Nature.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

The worst fate of a poet is

The worst fate of a poet is to be admired without being understood.  ~Jean Cocteau, Le Rappel á l’ordre, 1926LCD

Perhaps no person can be a poet

Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.  ~Thomas Babington Macaulay

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Poetry is nobody’s business except the poet’s, and everybody else can fuck off.  ~Philip Larkin (PCR)

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.  ~G.K. ChestertonNEMYL

To have great poets there must be

To have great poets there must be great audiences too.  ~Walt Whitman

Youre not quite sure what it means

You’re not quite sure what it means but the words are so beautiful you know it must be profound. ~Terri Guillemets

Poetry like the moon does not advertise

Poetry, like the moon, does not advertise anything.  ~William BlissettSD

A poet can survive everything but a

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.  ~Oscar WildeCUL

It is the job of poetry to

It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things.  ~Stephen MallarmeSD

It is a sad fact about our

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he

The poet is a liar who always

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.  ~Jean Cocteau

Come voyeur my poems feel free i

Come voyeur my poems Feel free, I feel free. ~Carrie Latet

If you know what are going to

If you know what you are going to write when you’re writing a poem, it’s going to be average.  ~Derek Walcott

A poet must leave traces of his

A poet must leave traces of his passage, not proof.  ~Rene Char, quoted by Josyane Savigneau in ‘Marguerite Yourcenar,’ University of Chicago, 1993

Our poetry in the eighteenth century was

Our poetry in the eighteenth century was prose; our prose in the seventeenth, poetry.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth,

Poets are masters of us ordinary men

[P]oets are masters of us ordinary men, in knowledge of the mind, because they drink at streams which we have not yet made accessible