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" A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry, unless, of course, the life has been made into an art. "
" I write plays and poetry at the same time, and I'm always refining, but I'm not obsessive about it. It's what I like to do, what I've always wanted to do. "
" I saw the gooseflesh on my skin. I did not know what made it. I was not cold. Had a ghost passed over? No, it was the poetry. "
" Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. "
Percy Bysshe Shelley
" Rather than numbing or drowning out the difficult-to-describe but urgently sensed feelings that are part of being human, poetry invites us to tease them out, to draw them into language that is rooted in intricate thought and strange impulse. "
Tracy K. Smith
" If you put a real leaf and a silk leaf side by side, you'll see something of the difference between Homer's poetry and anyone else's. There seem to be real leaves still alive in the 'Iliad,' real animals, real people, real light attending everything. "
" I was quiet, and I was artistic. I liked writing poetry, and that was very strange, so I was bullied a lot. "
" Anyone reading contemporary poetry - especially contemporary African-American poetry - will quickly see that race is an enduring subject. What some don't realize is just how diverse the handling of that subject is. It's as diverse as blackness. "
" My favorite subject probably was math. I love math. Figures just intrigue me. I was really good at math. English probably was my worst subject. But I used to write a lot of poetry. I used to write poetry all the time. "
" Poetry is what we turn to in the most emotional moments of our life - when a beloved friend dies, when a baby is born or when we fall in love. "
" The blood jet is poetry and there is no stopping it. "
" When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images. "
" A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an audience to understand all the nuances. "
" I have piles of poetry books in the bathroom, on the stairs, everywhere. The only way to write poetry is to read it. "
Carol Ann Duffy
" The quietest poetry can be an explosion of joy. "
" I love poetry. I love rhyming. Do you know, there are poets who don't rhyme? Shakespeare did not rhyme most of the time, and that's why I do not like him. "
" The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness. "
James Gates Percival
" I originally went to school for writing, for non-fiction. I'm specifically a poetry major within literature, but I don't know. "
" A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses. "
" Verse in itself does not constitute poetry. Verse is only an elegant vestment for a beautiful form. Poetry can express itself in prose, but it does so more perfectly under the grace and majesty of verse. It is poetry of soul that inspires noble sentiments and noble actions as well as noble writings. "
" If poetry should address itself to the same needs and aspirations, the same hopes and fears, to which the Bible addresses itself, it might rival it in distribution. "
" Rap is rhythm and poetry. Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well. "
" I really enjoy English and poetry and writing classes. "
" When truth has no burning, then it is philosophy, when it gets burning from the heart, it becomes poetry. "
" I was raised on songs of poetry like Simon and Garfunkel and Cat Stevens and Neil Young, etc. I love those old songs probably the most because they hit me so deep down in my core. "
" I don't think you can read poetry while you're watching television very well. "
" That sense of a life in natural objects, which in most poetry is but a rhetorical artifice, was, then, in Wordsworth the assertion of what was for him almost literal fact. "
" A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself. "
E. M. Forster
" Writing dark poetry was always my escape. "
" Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it. "
Vincent Van Gogh
" He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life. "