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Famous Poets Quotations - Top 30 Poetry Quotations by Famous Poets

  • "For this reason poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious attention than history."
    -- Aristotle

  • "Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one."
    -- W. H. Auden

  • "Eloquence is the poetry of prose."
    -- William C. Bryant

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

  • "How poetry comes to the poet is a mystery."
    -- Elizabeth Drew

  • "She opened up a book of poems and handed it to me written by an Italian poet from the 13th century and every one of them words rang true and glowed like burning coal pouring off of every page like it was written in my soul from me to you."
    -- Bob Dylan

  • "When a poet's mind is perfectly equipped for its work, it is constantly amalgamating disparate experiences."
    -- T S Eliot

  • "Painting was called silent poetry and poetry speaking painting."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Only poetry inspires poetry."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

  • "The man is either mad, or he is making verses."
    -- Horace

  • "Good religious poetry . . . is likely to be most justly appreciated and most discriminately relished by the undevout."
    -- A. E. Housman

  • "I did not believe political directives could be successfully applied to creative writing . . . not to poetry or fiction, which to be valid had to express as truthfully as possible the individual emotions and reactions of the writer."
    -- Langston Hughes

  • "I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged . . . I had poems which were re-written so many times I suspect it was just a way of avoiding sending them out."
    -- Erica Jong

  • "As I am a poet I express what I believe, and I fight against whatever I oppose, in poetry."
    -- June Jordan

  • "Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality."
    -- James Joyce

  • "Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity --it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance."
    -- John Keats

  • "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

  • "I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it."
    -- Marianne Moore

  • "I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything. Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants."
    -- Howard Nemerov

  • "And he whose fustian's so sublimely bad/ It is not poetry, but prose run mad."
    -- Alexander Pope

  • "I have written some poetry that I don't understand myself."
    -- Carl Sandburg

  • "Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds."
    -- Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • "Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do."
    -- Stephen Spender

  • "I owe everything to a system that made me learn by heart till I wept. As a result I have thousands of lines of poetry by heart. I owe everything to this."
    -- George Steiner

  • "Everything is complicated; if that we not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore."
    -- Wallace Stevens

  • "Good poetry seems too simple and natural a thing that when we meet it we wonder that all men are not always poets. Poetry is nothing but healthy speech."
    -- Henry David Thoreau

  • "How do poems grow? They grow out of your life."
    -- Robert Penn Warren

  • "All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity."
    -- William Wordsworth

  • "A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else can be only a footnote."
    -- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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    The Guardian

    'The spark will ignite': how poetry helps engage people with dementia
    The Guardian
    'The spark will ignite': how poetry helps engage people with dementia. Shared reading has a significant impact on mood, concentration and social interaction. A Liverpool charity is running sessions in care homes. Supported by. SKILLS FOR CARE About ...

    Lansing State Journal

    At the Poetry Room, free verse, funny stories and cheesy pick-up lines
    Lansing State Journal
    LANSING — Masaki Takahashi's car broke down one day not long after he graduated from Michigan State University, and he needed a job right away. So he walked across the street and into a car dealership and declared, "Hey, my name's Masaki, and I can ...

    Irish Times

    The poetry of June Caldwell's Room Little Darker
    Irish Times
    Why do I think of poetry as I read it? Is it poetic prose? What do we mean when we say that prose is poetic? The prose poem itself has been described as short, primarily descriptive or exploratory rather than narrative, and using techniques ...

    Irish Times

    Máirtín Ó Direáin remembered: patrols, paramilitaries and poetry
    Irish Times
    It was the act of reading that sticks in the mind; the act whereby a poet speaks aloud words that have been mute on a page until then. Máirtín Ó Direáin, poet, died 30 years ago today. Yet, I close my eyes and see him speaking again. He read in Belfast ...

    Yes! Weekly

    Yes! Weekly
    JACAR PRESS announces a one-of-a-kind experience happening this weekend – March 23-25 in Winston-Salem, with many events open to the public. With a group of world-renowned poets gathered into a stellar faculty, the 2018 Jacar Press Gathering of Poets ...

    Bennington Banner

    Poetry series begins Wednesday at Bennington
    Bennington Banner
    Poetry series begins Wednesday at Bennington. National Book Award winner Robin Coste Lewis will give a reading on Wednesday at Bennington College. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMANDA SCHWENGEL AND HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE. Posted Monday, March 19, 2018 9:51 am ...

    Between the Lines: Poetry in the Woods
    Inspiration for literature comes from many places, but perhaps most often it comes from nature. The Kalamazoo Nature Center is partnering with Friends of Poetry, a nonprofit organization in Kalamazoo, to encourage “Baby Boomers” who are age 50 and up ...

    'Voiceless' Inmates Find Healing Through Poetry Program
    U.S. News & World Report
    "It can capture what you've gone through and your experiences in prison." Sharing those experiences with others is an important element of the programs. During the past three years, the Johnson County Library has hosted several Arts in Prison Poetry ...

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    “Hygienic Egg 2018: a focus on the Poetry of Death” brings dance, song and poetry to New London
    Dozens of people packed into the Hygenic Sunday for “Hygienic Egg 2018: a Focus on the Poetry of Death,” the eighth annual promenade performance put on by performers and artists associated with the Dragon's Egg, an artist's studio in Ledyard. "I've had ...

    In Your Area

    Ascot care home asks neighbours to join them on World Poetry Day
    In Your Area
    A care home in Ascot is inviting the community to join residents in celebrating World Poetry Day on Wednesday, March 21. This year the Care UK team at Larkland House care home in London Road will open its doors from 11am for a morning of word play and ...
    North-east care home to celebrate World Poetry DayAberdeen Evening Express

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