Poetry Sayings and Quotes
Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous
old poetry quotes, poetry sayings, and poetry proverbs, collected over the years from a variety
Poetry is language in orbit.
Poetry is words in space, representing words in time.
Poetry is the art of using words charged with their utmost meaning.
Poetry is a verdict that others give to language that is charged with music and rhythm and authority.
Poetry is like standing on the edge of a lake on a moonlit night and the light of the moon is always pointing straight at you.
Poetry is a thief that comes in the middle of a new day, while the critics are still studying by night light.
Poetry expresses the newness of the day.
Poetry is either language lit up by life or life lit up by language.
Poetry is a solitary art, more now than ever, and its proper audience is the deeply educated, solitary reader, or that reader sitting within herself in a theater.
A lot of poetry is a kind of soliloquy—and therefore one has no audience.
Poetry—any art— has a psychic function, fulfilling a need in the individual artist, so that it would be produced even if there was no immediate audience.
Poetry is an endeavor so large and so deeply communal that if one person doesn't write a great poem, eventually somebody else will.
If there is an audience for poetry, it is an audience of privacy. Who isn't appalled to find someone else standing in the poetry section of a bookstore?
Poetry, like crime, can only be accomplished in absolute privacy and secrecy.
If poetry comes not as naturally as leaves to a tree, it had better not come at all.
Science sees signs; Poetry, the thing signified.
Augustus and Julius Hare
We can read poetry, and recite poetry, but to live poetry is the symphony of life.
S. Frances Foote
Poetry is a language which tells us, through a more or less emotional reaction, something that cannot be said.
Poetry alone imagines, and imagining creates the world that people can wish to live in and make true.
You arrive at truth through poetry; I arrive at poetry through the truth.
The great things in poetry are song at the core, but externally mere speech.