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" As to London we must console ourselves with the thought that if life outside is less poetic than it was in the days of old, inwardly its poetry is much deeper. "
" Poetry is meant to be heard. "
" 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
" When we were 15, my girlfriend Ruth Kaplan and I applied to the Universidad Ibero-Americana in Mexico City. We were accepted into a program that placed us with a lovely Mexican family. We lived with them for six weeks while studying Spanish poetry and Mexican anthropology. "
Mary Doria Russell
" It's not easy to define poetry. "
" In fact, in lyric poetry, truthfulness becomes recognizable as a ring of truth within the medium itself. "
" 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
" The completely solitary self: that's where poetry comes from, and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are often very intimate also. "
" The insular arrogance of the English character is a commonplace joke. "
" Learn poetry by heart. If you know a poem by heart, no one can take it away from you, and you can take advantage of it anytime. "
" It is evident that in the period designated as that of the kings, when Rome commenced her career of conquest, she was, for that time and country, a great and wealthy city. "
" What are the sources of poetry? Love and death and the paradox of love and death. All poetry from the beginning is about Eros and Thanatos. Those are the only subjects. And how Eros and Thanatos interweave. "
" 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. "
" Poetry is a street fighter. It has sharp elbows. It can look after itself. Poetry can't be used for manipulation; it's why you never see good poetry in advertising. "
" I'm a failed poet. Reading poetry helps me to see the world differently, and I try to infuse my prose with figurative language, which goes against the trend in fiction. "
" Poetry is how I feed the soul, and it's how I fire the furnace of writing. "
Luis Alberto Urrea
" 'Milk and Honey' was written with me being honest to myself, kind of pulling at the things that I hear the most and saying that out loud, and you know, that thing that we hear the most is most universal, and so that rings true with all folks. The language used in the poetry is extremely, extremely accessible. "
" Reading a piece of poetry with no beat in front of 20 people is way more challenging than rocking for 10,000 people. "
" As long as there's been poetry, there have been lamentations. "
" I began the way nearly everybody I ever heard of - I began writing poetry. And I find that to be quite usual with writers, their trying their hand at poetry. "
" Sylvia Plath, Rumi, there's a lot of spoken word poets who do a really incredible job putting their spoken work into page poetry - that's what I strive to do. "
" I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything. "
" Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance. "
" I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits, limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits that language itself imposes. "
" But I liked Yeats! That wild Irishman. I really loved his love of language, his flow. His chaotic ideas seemed to me just the right thing for a poet. Passion! He was always on the right side. He may be wrongheaded, but his heart was always on the right side. He wrote beautiful poetry. "
" Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure. "
" The quietest poetry can be an explosion of joy. "
" Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind. "
Thomas Babington Macaulay
" It is needless to say how great has been the influence of the doctrine of Evolution, or rather perhaps of the method of investigation to which it has given birth, upon the study of history, especially the history of institutions. "
" Science is for those who learn, poetry is for those who know. "
" It just happens to be that people like to associate poetry and rap music. I think that idea is kind of corny. "