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  I read poetry to save time.  
 -  Marilyn Monroe
  

  When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

  Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

  If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.  
 -  Emily Dickinson
  

  If creating life is art, then living and dying must be poetry.  
 -  Bethany Jane Andrews Hoey
  

  Poetry is what gets lost in translation.  
 -  Robert Frost
  

  A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.  
 -  Robert Frost
  

  Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.  
 -  Robert Frost
  

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

  Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.  
 -  Robert Frost
  

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

  At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.  
 -  Plato
  

  Personality is everything in art and poetry.  
 -  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  

  If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.  
 -  Emily Dickinson
  

  There's one of my new poems actually - is a good example of where my poetry has ended up. My earlier river poetry was more like a cross between Shelley and Dylan Thomas.  
 -  Robert Adamson
  

  Well - I started writing - probably in the early 60s and by say '65-'66 I had read most of the poetry that had been published - certainly in the 20 years prior to that.  
 -  Robert Adamson
  

  Well I guess the plan was to write poetry and publish books and make a living from writing poetry. That was a pretty ambitious plan I guess.  
 -  Robert Adamson
  

  All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.  
 -  Gustave Flaubert
  

  A poet can survive everything but a misprint.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.  
 -  Ronald Reagan
  

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

  But I don't think that poetry is a good, to use a contemporary word, venue, for current events.  
 -  Diane Wakoski
  

  Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.  
 -  Gustave Flaubert
  

  The beauty, the poetry of the fear in their eyes. I didn't mind going to jail for, what, five, six hours? It was absolutely worth it.  
 -  Johnny Depp
  

  And I know I'm supposed to feel guilty for wanting people to buy my books... and books in general? Novels and poetry, they belong to the realm of art. How dirty of us to try to hawk art! But, after a decade of hand-wringing and apologies, I can't quite muster the guilt anymore.  
 -  Walter Bagehot
  

  Art: If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.  
 -  Muhammad Iqbal
  

  From my music training, I knew that, some Spanish rhythms apart, 5/4 is a time signature used only in the modern era. Holst's Mars from the Planets is 5/4. But if you speak lines of poetry in that pattern you just end up hitting the off-beats. It's only when you add a rest - a sixth beat - that it sounds as it surely should sound.  
 -  Nicholson Baker
  

  When I really want to be soothed and reminded of why people bother to fiddle with sentences, I often read poetry.  
 -  Nicholson Baker
  

  So I really began as a failed poet - although when I first wanted to be a writer, I learned to write prose by reading poetry.  
 -  Nicholson Baker
  

  The great function of poetry is to give back to us the situations of our dreams.  
 -  Gaston Bachelard
  

  Poetry is one of the destinies of speech... One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language.  
 -  Gaston Bachelard
  

  It's not easy to define poetry.  
 -  Bob Dylan
  

  I love romantic poetry.  
 -  Richard Dawkins
  

  A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.  
 -  Lord Byron
  

  Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven!  
 -  Lord Byron
  

  Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.  
 -  Edmund Burke
  

  The importance of poetry is not measured, finally, by what the poet says but by how he says it.  
 -  Mahmoud Darwish
  

  I believe in the power of poetry, which gives me reasons to look ahead and identify a glint of light.  
 -  Mahmoud Darwish
  

  Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down.  
 -  Mahmoud Darwish
  

  I see poetry as spiritual medicine.  
 -  Mahmoud Darwish
  

  Against barbarity, poetry can resist only by confirming its attachment to human fragility like a blade of grass growing on a wall while armies march by.  
 -  Mahmoud Darwish
  

  There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.  
 -  John Cage
  

  I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry.  
 -  John Cage
  

  Love is the poetry of the senses.  
 -  Honore de Balzac
  

  Some people ask, 'How do you attract the young and so many different people when your poetry is complicated and different?' I say, 'My accomplishment is that my readers trust me and accept my suggestions for change.'  
 -  Mahmoud Darwish
  

  We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.  
 -  Maria Montessori
  

  Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry.  
 -  Gustave Flaubert
  

  Bleak House is just the most astounding piece of work. There's huge, visionary poetry in it.  
 -  Simon Callow
  

  Anticipating that most poetry will be worse than carrying heavy luggage through O'Hare Airport, the public, to its loss, reads very little of it.  
 -  Russell Baker
  

  Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  I gave up on new poetry myself 30 years ago when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens in a hostile world.  
 -  Russell Baker
  

  Poetry is so vital to us until school spoils it.  
 -  Russell Baker
  

  Poetry carries its history within it, and it is oral in origin. Its transmission was oral. Its transmission today is still in part oral, because we become acquainted with poetry through nursery rhymes, which we hear before we can read.  
 -  James Fenton
  

  Great poetry does not have to be technically intricate.  
 -  James Fenton
  

  English poetry begins whenever we decide to say the modern English language begins, and it extends as far as we decide to say that the English language extends.  
 -  James Fenton
  

  Poetry carries its history within it, and it is oral in origin. Its transmission was oral.  
 -  James Fenton
  

  One problem we face comes from the lack of any agreed sense of how we should be working to train ourselves to write poetry.  
 -  James Fenton
  

  In the writing of poetry we never know anything for sure. We will never know if we have 'trained' or 'practised' enough. We will never be able to say that we have reached grade eight, or that we have left the grades behind and are now embarked on an advanced training.  
 -  James Fenton
  

  Modernism in other arts brought extreme difficulty. In poetry, the characteristic difficulty imported under the name of modernism was obscurity. But obscurity could just as easily be a quality of metrical as of free verse.  
 -  James Fenton
  

  The voice is raised, and that is where poetry begins. And even today, in the prolonged aftermath of modernism, in places where 'open form' or free verse is the orthodoxy, you will find a memory of that raising of the voice in the term 'heightened speech.'  
 -  James Fenton
  

  Lyric poetry is, of course, musical in origin. I do know that what happened to poetry in the twentieth century was that it began to be written for the page. When it's a question of typography, why not? Poets have done beautiful things with typography - Apollinaire's 'Calligrammes,' that sort of thing.  
 -  James Fenton
  

  I don't think I've ever read poetry, ever.  
 -  Eminem
  

  Why should poetry have to make sense?  
 -  Charlie Chaplin
  

  The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth.  
 -  Samuel Johnson
  

  And, I mean, I think poetry does need to be met to some extent, especially, I guess, 19th century poetry, and for me, it's just been so worth the effort. It's like I'm planting a garden in my head.  
 -  Jane Campion
  

  Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.  
 -  Leonardo Da Vinci
  

  I have to admit that I had a lot of problems with poetry.  
 -  Jane Campion
  

  Poetry seems to sink into us the way prose doesn't. I can still quote verses I learned when I was very young, but I have trouble remembering one line of a novel I just finished reading.  
 -  Jack Prelutsky
  

  Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.  
 -  T. S. Eliot
  

  Science arose from poetry... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.  
 -  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  

  I was a 16-year-old girl at one point, so of course I wrote poetry.  
 -  Elizabeth Edwards
  

  Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.  
 -  T. S. Eliot
  

  As for types like my own, obscurely motivated by the conviction that our existence was worthless if we didn't make a turning point of it, we were assigned to the humanities, to poetry, philosophy, painting the nursery games of humankind, which had to be left behind when the age of science began. The humanities would be called upon to choose a wallpaper for the crypt, as the end drew near.  
 -  Saul Bellow
  

  Poetry is a natural energy resource of our country.It has no energy crisis, possessing a potential that will last as long as the country. Its power is equal to that of any country in the world.  
 -  Richard Eberhart
  

  Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.  
 -  T. S. Eliot
  

  The business of the poet is not to find new emotions, but to use the ordinary ones and, in working them up into poetry, to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all.  
 -  T. S. Eliot
  

  Love is the poetry of our feelings. But there are some horrible poems.  
 -  Antonio Gala
  

  Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.  
 -  T. S. Eliot
  

  All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.  
 -  Edgar Allen Poe
  

  Poetry, especially traditional Iranian poetry, is very good at looking at things from a number of different angles simultaneously.  
 -  Asghar Farhadi
  

  Becoming interested in poetics got me interested in theater. Theater is supposed to be poetry, you know, before it's anything else. It just doesn't fly if it isn't musical.  
 -  Steve Earle
  

  Gregory Corso used to get really pissed when people called Bob Dylan a 'poet.' After writing poetry for a few years, I can understand that.  
 -  Steve Earle
  

  Poetry is the hardest thing that there is. It fascinates me, so I want to write more of it.  
 -  Steve Earle