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 statement he overheard around 1955

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 see – it is, rather, a light by which we may see – and what we see is life.  ~Robert Penn Warren, Saturday Review, 22 March 1958LCD

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.  ~Randall JarrellRJ (1914-1965); A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning. ~James Dickey (1923-1997)

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

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 poem away than he is of the sentimentalist who says, "Oh, just let me enjoy the poem."  ~Robert Penn Warren, "The Themes of Robert Frost," Hopwood Lecture, 1947

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, in the other, to the heart.  ~Thomas HillNorth American Review, “The Imagination in Mathematics,” vol85, July 1857, p230, NA

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 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

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 can by practicing it. ~W.H. Audencul

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

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, by Two Brothers, 1827TPV

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 to science.  ~Sigmund Freud, quoted in A Dictionary of Scientific Quotations by Alan L. Mackay, 1991SS

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 like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.  ~Pablo Neruda, quoted in Wall Street Journal,, 14 November 1985

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 for Democracy, 1951

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 write poetry.  ~Ross Knox

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 Liberal Imagination, 1950LCD

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 human race is filled with passion.  And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life.  But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.  Dead Poet’s Society

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 shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable.  Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.  ~Carl Sandburg, Poetry Considered

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 them if it did.  ~Christopher Morley, John Mistletoe, 7; BMC

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, by Two Brothers, 1827TPV

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 dull, commonplace rich.  ~William BolithoCUL

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 those in verse…. I never pin up my hair with prose."
~William Congreve, The Way of the World

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 private world public, that’s what the poet does.  ~Allen Ginsberg

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