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

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.
Inside every man there is a poet who died young.
The courage of the poets is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.
Verses which do not teach men new and moving truths do not deserve to be read.
A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically.
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.
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 we have personality and emotion know what it means to want to escape from these things.
Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
We all write poems. It is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.
I would as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down.
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.
Poetry is what is lost in translation.
Poetry is the special medium of spiritual crazy wisdom, the form of expression that comes closest to creating a bridge between words and what is wordless.
Homer has taught all other poets the are of telling lies skillfully.
As to Don Juan, confess that it is the sublime of that there sort of writing; it may be bawdy, but is it not good English? It may be profligate, but is it not life, is it not the thing? Could any man have written it who has not lived in the world? and tooled in a post-chaise? in a hackney coach? in a Gondola? against a wall? in a court carriage? in a vis a vis? on a table? and under it?
Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth -- the true poet is very near the oracle.
Poetry is indispensable --if I only knew what for.
I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; --poetry = the best words in the best order.
If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
We read poetry because the poets, like ourselves, have been haunted by the inescapable tyranny of time and death; have suffered the pain of loss, and the more wearing, continuous pain of frustration and failure; and have had moods of unlooked-for release and peace. They have known and watched in themselves and others.
A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.
It does not need that a poem should be long. Every word was once a poem. Every new relationship is a new word.
Just as a new scientific discovery manifests something that was already latent in the order of nature, and at the same time is logically related to the total structure of the existing science, so the new poem manifests something that was already latent in the order of words.
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.
I have a new method of poetry. All you got to do is look over your notebooks... or lay down on a couch, and think of anything that comes into your head, especially the miseries. Then arrange in lines of two, three or four words each, don't bother about sentences, in sections of two, three or four lines each.
If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money.
Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.
No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water.
You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.
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.
Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
The blood jet is poetry and there is no stopping it.
With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.
Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite expressions.

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