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" Against barbarity, poetry can resist only by confirming its attachment to human fragility like a blade of grass growing on a wall while armies march by. "
" I was a very creative child. I played the saxophone and piano, and I was always writing poetry and stories, or drawing in my notebook. I just tried to express myself through as many creative outlets as possible. And in high school, I started to get really into photography and videography and would spend hours working on it. "
" I come from a short fiction background, and my mom is a poet, so I've always read poetry; I've always had a lot of different influences both linguistically and musically. "
" What has always attracted me in life is poetry. Any genre can have poetry. For me, poetry contains truth. "
" That metre itself forms an essential part of all true poetry is a principle which not even the assertions of an Aristotle or the pronouncements of a Plato can disestablish. "
H. P. Lovecraft
" Many attempts have been made by writers on art and poetry to define beauty in the abstract, to express it in the most general terms, to find some universal formula for it. "
" When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. "
John F. Kennedy
" Poetry takes place in time. It is a durational. Things take place in sequence. "
" Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony. "
" 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 have written some songs, but I would really call what I've done poetry at the end of the day, because I'll sit with my guitar for hours and hours on end for, like, a week and then I won't touch it for a month. I also just have no confidence. And you know what? I don't have time, because I'd rather be doing other things, like knitting. "
" To be under occupation, to be under siege, is not a good inspiration for poetry. "
" Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation. "
" Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite expressions. "
" 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. "
" I entered a poem in a poetry contest around 1987, and the poem won and I received $1,000 for it. That made me realize that maybe what I was writing was worth reading to people. After that, for some reason, I turned to novels and I've written mainly novels ever since. "
" Since the printing press came into being, poetry has ceased to be the delight of the whole community of man; it has become the amusement and delight of the few. "
" Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness. "
" Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury, not a necessity like petrol. But to me it's the oil of life. "
" Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words. "
Tahar Ben Jelloun
" I think the first time I really heard poetry was in the schoolyard. Just the little limericks that kids say when they're jumping rope and playing games. I think that's the first time I heard rhyming words - I don't know if I'd call that the definitive poetry, but that's when I heard rhyming words said and not necessarily sung. "
" Poetry and novels are lists of our devotions. We love the feel of making the marks as the feelings are rising and falling. "
" If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. "
" 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. "
" Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one. "
W. H. Auden
" My strong suits, coming from poetry, will naturally be description, which I love doing. It comes very easily, and possibly structure, up to a point. "
" Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science. "
" When I first started reading poetry, all the poets I read - Edgar Allan Poe, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Greenleaf Whittier - were rhyme poets. That's what captured me. "
" Of course a poem is a two-way street. No poem is any good if it doesn't suggest to the reader things from his own mind and recollection that he will read into it, and will add to what the poet has suggested. But I do think poetry readings are very important. "
" All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry. "
" Rap is rhythm and poetry. Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well. "