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" A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an audience to understand all the nuances. "
" I really enjoy English and poetry and writing classes. "
" I love Sufism as I love beautiful poetry, but it is not the answer. Sufism is like a mirage in the desert. It says to you, come and sit, relax and enjoy yourself for a while. "
" I try to show what it is about language and music that enthralls, because I think those are the two elements of poetry. "
" Shakespeare is rhythmic; he is musical in the sense that he likes poetry, and he's musical because he constantly refers to settings where there's singing and dancing. "
" One culture I find fascinating to juxtapose against American culture is the culture of Germany. They've gone through a long process through their art, poetry, public discourse, their politics, of owning the fact of their complicity in what happened in World War II. It's still a topic of everyday conversation in Germany. "
" Being able to say something lyrically, to say something that will do more than just be words, is really hard. It's easy to do when you're writing a chapter of a book or writing poetry, but it's really hard to do when you're confined to a melody line. "
" The reason can only be this: heroic poetry depends on an heroic age, and an age is heroic because of what it is, not because of what it does. "
" The Victorian language of flowers began with the publication of 'Le Language des Fleurs,' written by Charlotte de Latour and printed in Paris in 1819. To create the book - which was a list of flowers and their meanings - de Latour gathered references to flower symbolism throughout poetry, ancient mythology, and even medicine. "
" Poetry is so vital to us until school spoils it. "
" I intended an Ode, And it turned to a Sonnet. "
Henry Austin Dobson
" 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. "
" The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one. "
" I like to give and get basically anything (I love to read) but especially fiction and poetry. "
" Not too many people know it, but when I was in junior high, I was a pretty tough kid and was the leader of a street gang. Well, OK, it was less a street gang than an Ecology Club. We were pretty intimidating, though, and had our own meeting room until we got run out of there by a bunch of thugs from the Poetry Society. "
W. Bruce Cameron
" I got scouted for modeling on the street. I'm such a tomboy - still am. I just never thought about modeling before, but I thought, 'Ooh, interesting, similar world, perhaps it's a way into something.' Then, I was on my third photo shoot ever, and Adam Leech from 'Downtown Abbey' saw me reading poetry and asked me to recite some. "
" San Diego shaped me a lot. The visual landscapes, the emotional panoramas, the teachers and mentors I had from the third grade through San Diego High - it's all a big part of the poetry fountain that I continue to drink from. "
Juan Felipe Herrera
" Stylized acting and direction is to realistic acting and direction as poetry is to prose. "
" On a summer night it can be lovely to sit around outside with friends after dinner and, yes, read poetry to each other. Keats and Yeats will never let you down, but it's differently exciting to read the work of poets who are still walking around out there. "
" Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. "
" Poetry can do a lot of things to people. I mean it can improve your imagination. It can take you to new places. It can give you this incredible form of verbal pleasure. "
" I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry. "
" I've been writing since I was sixteen. At first, I wrote mostly short stories and poetry. The first thing I ever had published was a poem about a football game. It was printed in my local newspaper. "
" And yet, in a culture like ours, which is given to material comforts, and addicted to forms of entertainment that offer immediate gratification, it is surprising that so much poetry is written. "
" I'm so happy to be an advocate for poetry. "
" To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears. "
" 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
" Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. "
Percy Bysshe Shelley
" A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses. "
" In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you. "
" Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there. "