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Top 20 Poetry Quotations


Explore the meaning of poetry and the motivation of poets with this special collection of evocative quotations...

  • "A poet is someone who is astonished by everything."
    -- Anonymous

  • "Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry."
    -- Georges Brague

  • "The poet doesn't invent. He listens. "
    --Jean Cocteau

  • " In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite."
    -- Paul Dirac

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

  • "The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • " There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it."
    -- Gustave Flaubert

  • "A poem begins with a lump in the throat. "
    --Robert Frost

  • " Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement."
    -- Christopher Fry

  • " There's no money in poetry, but there's no poetry in money, either."
    -- Robert Ranke Graves

  • " Poetry is to hold judgment on your soul."
    -- Henrik Ibsen

  • " When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses."
    -- John F. Kennedy

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

  • "The poem is the point at which our strength gave out. "
    --Richard Rosen

  • " Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know."
    -- Joseph Roux

  • "Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. "
    --Percy Byshe Shelley

  • "Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket. "
    --Charles Simic

  • "A poem is never finished, only abandoned. "
    --Paul Valry

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

  • "Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge."
    -- William Wordsworth

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    Slam poetry breathes new life into the age-old topic of love  The Dartmouth

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    Poetry at the library  Islands' Sounder

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    Bremerton seeks its first poet laureate  Kitsap Sun

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    What Charles Bukowski’s Glamorous Displays of Alcoholism Left Out  The New York Times

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    Hip-hop artist Watsky bridges music, poetry on tour stop Feb. 28 at Palladium  Worcester Telegram

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    UA Poetry Center part of national coalition that received $1M grant  Arizona Daily Star

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    Demand for poetry books soars — thanks to Instagram  Telegraph India

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    In Kathmandu, performance poetry is exploding - Arts and Entertainment  The Kathmandu Post

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    'Roving on a winter night' music and poetry concert  River Falls Journal

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    Culture Report: Poetry in a Time of Endless War  Voice of San Diego

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    Craig Morgan Teicher Reads Forrest Gander  The New Yorker

    Craig Morgan Teicher joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Forrest Gander's poem “Son,” and his own poem “Son.”


    Generation next: the rise – and rise – of the new poets  The Guardian

    With soaring sales and a younger, broader audience, poetry is on a high. What is behind the boom? Plus the *fresh* voices to read now.


    Czechs go global with poetry social network  Radio Prague

    A free global network for poets and poetry lovers, developed in the Czech Republic, has recently been launched in the United States. Called Poetizer, it allows ...


    Spoken word poetry raises student voice, literacy and confidence  Education Dive

    From poetry slam competitions to in-class recitations, educators are using the medium to engage students in learning with topics they're passionate about.


    How poetry let James Cagney reckon with a discovery that upended him  San Francisco Chronicle

    Last fall, J.K. Fowler, the founder of the small Oakland publisher Nomadic Press, rifled through the press' upcoming catalog of works during an interview with The ...


    Wolverhampton Literature Festival review: John Cooper-Clark treats fans to evening of quick-fire poetry - with pictures  expressandstar.com

    Devoted fans hung on his every word as performance poet John Cooper Clarke regaled a packed Bilston Town Hall with anecdotes and quick-fire poetry.


    This 32-year-old poet (and firefighter) mails poems to strangers without a return address  The Washington Post

    Prince William County's poet laureate doesn't want people to feel pressure to reply. “Read it. Enjoy it or don't enjoy it.”


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    Students honored for poetry inspired by MLK Jr.  PostBulletin.com

    The words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have inspired many through the years. On Saturday, his legacy was on display as eight students from throughout the city ...


    CORE Winery to host Los Angeles and Santa Maria poets | Art  Santa Maria Sun

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    Carol Heuchan to perform at Gloucester Rotary's Bush Poetry at the Saleyards 2019  Gloucester Advocate

    Carol Heuchan joins the line up for the 2019 Bush Poetry at the Saleyards.


    A Poetry Prescription For Your Valentine's Day Predicaments  WBUR

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    Poetry Out Loud  Weekly Alibi

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    The Poetry of Psychoanalysis  Hyperallergic

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    Pace: What Mary Oliver's poetry taught me  Covington News

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    CIDR Poetry Slam  BLC News & Events

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    Hopewell Junction's Raphael Kosek named Dutchess County 2019 Poet Laureate  Poughkeepsie Journal

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    Free gala reading kicks off historic black poetry conference  Princeton University

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    The rock stars of poetry explain why the art is in demand  BBC News

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    How Mary Oliver's Poetry Helped Us Understand The World  wgbh.org

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    Boog City Celebrates St. Patrick's Day with U2's Boy Live and Irish Poetry  Broadway World

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    Black History Month poetry showcase to feature Flint poet, CMU student poets  Central Michigan Life

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    Students put 'truth' on display at Poetry Slam in Hammond  Chicago Tribune

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    Skeen reflects on establishing poetry center  MSUToday

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    N.C. Poet Laureate, N.C. A&T students share poetry with Biscuitville customers in Greensboro  Greensboro News & Record

    A Biscuitville in Greensboro served poetry with breakfast on Monday when N.C. Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green and N.C. A&T students shared their art with ...


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    Charleston's 'Soul of Poetry' event to combine meditation and spiritual poems  Charleston Post Courier

    Charleston-based poet and writing instructor Matthew Foley is combining his love of meditation and words into a brand new event that will take place on Friday.


    Land of westlin’ winds: the best Scottish poetry for Burns Night  The Guardian

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    Deltona High students publish book of poetry  The West Volusia Beacon

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    Mangion Celebration to feature poet Catherine Barnett  Seacoastonline.com

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    POET Technologies Establishes Photonics Design Capabilities in Ottawa  GlobeNewswire

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    The Palace in Muskogee is celebrating Black History Month on Saturday with a sweet potato pie cook-off and poetry event.


    Retrospective collection by Robert Bly puts poetry at the center of life  Minneapolis Star Tribune

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    Micromobility: the Prose and Poetry of the Scooter-Faithful  WIRED

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    Poet Who Wrote About Milwaukee's Fair Housing Struggle Named Poet Laureate  Wisconsin Public Radio News

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    Award-winning poet Oliver de la Paz will be next reader in UMF Visiting Writers Series  Daily Bulldog

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    Carroll County student takes first place in regional poetry competition  Carroll County Times

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    Irish poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin to read from award-winning debut collection  taosnews

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    Ripping the wrapping paper from the packages in front of them, students in Hazel Sparrow's intensive reading class at Deltona High began to grin once they ...


    Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest at Bookworks, Albuquerque  Weekly Alibi

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    Local high school students to compete in Poetry Out Loud state finals in March  Beckley Register-Herald

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    Love, poetry and pan-Arabism: The broken dream of Balqis and Nizar  Middle East Eye

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    Roger Dunsmore has spent the six years in his adopted hometown of Coeur d'Alene promoting the work of other poets. Dunsmore?


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    Hebrew Poetry of Muslim Spain is Topic of 2019 Carleton Forkosh Family Judaic Studies Lecture  Carleton College News

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    Professor Charles Bernstein awarded Yale's 2019 Bollingen Prize for Poetry  Penn: Office of University Communications

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    An Interview with Poet Thom Caraway  Spokane Public Radio

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    Cinema International Presents Story of Chilean Politician and Poet  WKMS

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    ASU acquires Holocaust poetry, artist's miniature book collection  Arizona State University

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    Somaliland: Free Poet Detained for Critical Poems  Human Rights Watch

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    Cher shared a strange poem with her social media followers, fantasizing about Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke defeating President Trump in the 2020 election.


    Yodels All Around: An Elko Journal, Part III  National Review

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    Poet accused of insulting government 'must be freed'  BBC News

    Rights group Amnesty demands the release of a poet detained for insulting the Somaliland government.


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    Submit to the Plainfield poetry anthology  The Herald-News

    The Plainfield Public Library is celebrating National Poetry Month in April by publishing a poetry anthology.


    Baylor English Professor and Poet Receives One of New Zealand's Leading National Literary Awards  Baylor University

    Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship will allow Chloe Honum, Ph.D., to research and write during four-month residence at Sargeson Centre in Auckland.


    Local poet Brandon Amico awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship  Mountain Xpress

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    Photos: NC Poet Laureate, A&T students read poetry at Biscuitville in Greensboro  Winston-Salem Journal

    A Biscuitville in Greensboro served poetry with breakfast on Monday when N.C. Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green and N.C. A&T students shared their art with ...


    Martha's Vineyard News | Poetry Cafe Honors Judith Neeld  The Vineyard Gazette - Martha's Vineyard News

    Judith Neeld will be celebrated at the next poetry cafe on Thursday, Feb. 4, with a reading of her poems by her colleagues at the Cleaveland House Poets.


    Maryland's 86-Year-Old Poet Laureate Is A Buddhist, Mother, Navy Wife And Lifelong Badass  WAMU 88.5

    Grace Cavalieri sees herself as a protector of language's beauty in dark times. She became Maryland's poet laureate in December.


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