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" 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. "
" In a war situation or where violence and injustice are prevalent, poetry is called upon to be something more than a thing of beauty. "
" If you have so earth-creeping a mind that it cannot lift itself up to look to the sky of poetry... thus much curse I must send you, in the behalf of all poets, that while you live, you live in love, and never get favour for lacking skill of a sonnet; and, when you die, your memory die from the earth for want of an epitaph. "
" If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money. "
" I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do. "
" Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance. "
" I don't like to boast, but I have probably skipped more poetry than any other person of my age and weight in this country. "
" Poetry has always been made to seem kind of cultish. But the truth is, everybody really loves it! It's much more mainstream than anyone thought. "
" 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. "
" Let's say intelligence is your ability to compose poetry, symphonies, do art, math and science. Chimps can't do any of that, yet we share 99 percent DNA. Everything that we are, that distinguishes us from chimps, emerges from that one-percent difference. "
Neil deGrasse Tyson
" 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. "
" Always be a poet, even in prose. "
" I'm about 75 pages into a book on poetry. I don't know if anybody wants to read it. It's on any broad variety of subjects. I walk down the street and think of a topic and jot it down and say, 'Okay, that's another one.' They go from the humorous to the serious to every topic imaginable. "
" Poetry itself hasn't been well served by poets who fled to the margins. "
" Naming a baby is an act of poetry, for many people the only creative moment of their lives. "
" There's always a need at a critical time for poetry. "
" Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes. "
" It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish. "
" It is certain that at certain times talent entirely overcomes thought or poetry. "
John Singer Sargent
" One of the things that is wonderful about hymns is that they are a sort of universally shared poetry, at least among certain populations. "
" I see a resurgence of interest in poetry. I am less optimistic about the prospects for the arts when it comes to federal funding. "
" The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart. "
" I had originally planned to do musical theatre and be on Broadway, but then my love for poetry also set in. Once that happened, I became torn between a career as an English teacher or a music teacher. "
" Poetry, I think, intensifies the reader's experience. If it's a humorous facet of the story, poetry makes it more exuberant. If it's a sad facet, poetry can make it more poignant. "
" Hip-hop is about the brilliance of pavement poetry. "
Michael Eric Dyson
" I love reading all kinds of books. I usually have about ten books going at any one time - books about the past, the present, novels, non-fiction, poetry, mythology, religion, etc. Reading is my favorite thing to do. "
Mary Pope Osborne
" When poetry separates from song, then the words have to carry all the rhythm themselves; they have to do all the work. They can't rely on the singing voice. "
" All I knew about Ethiopia was from a few records that I like, as well as what I read about the famine. But you get there and it's another world. It's filled with art and music and poetry and intellectuals and writers - all kinds of people. "
" Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart. "
" Poetry is not a genre in harmony with the modern world; its innermost nature is hostile or indifferent to the dogmas of modern times, progress and the cult of the future. "
" 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. "