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" I write the occasional poem. I think my dabbling in poetry makes me better at screenplays. Poetry teaches the value of condensing, the importance of talking in a few words. "
" Poetry is so vital to us until school spoils it. "
" 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. "
" The experimental poetry thing is not my thing. It's a programme of the avant-garde: basically a refusal of the kind of poetry I write. "
" Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own. "
" I'd say people do need some help with poetry because I think poetry just helps takes us to places that Americans aren't always accustomed to going. "
" Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony. "
" I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry. "
" A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings - about human feelings and frailties. "
" I think poetry is best read to oneself. "
Rickie Lee Jones
" I find a lot of poetry to be narcissistic. "
" Someone who's awake in the middle of the night is a soul consciousness when everyone else is asleep, and that creates a feeling of solitude in poetry that I very much like. "
" Since I was 20, I wanted to make a short film and send it to international short film festivals. It never happened. I became too big a star to indulge in those things. "
" Poetry is often the art of overhearing yourself say things you didn't know you knew. It is a learned skill to force yourself to articulate your life, your present world or your possibilities for the future. "
" Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure. "
A. E. Housman
" I read a little bit of nonfiction and a lot of poetry. I think of poetry as my shot of whiskey when I don't have time to savor a whole bottle of wine. "
" Writing poetry makes you intensely conscious of how words sound, both aloud and inside the head of the reader. You learn the weight of words and how they sound to the ear. "
" A public expectation, it has to be said, not of poetry as such but of political positions variously approvable by mutually disapproving groups. "
" The terms of poetry - some simple, some complicated, some ancient, some new - should bring us closer to what we're hearing, enlarging our experience of it, enabling us to describe what we're reading, to feel and think with greater precision. "
" Theater and poetry were what helped people stay alive and want to go on living. "
" In the world of poetry there are would-be poets, workshop poets, promising poets, lovesick poets, university poets, and a few real poets. "
" Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence. "
Norman O. Brown
" In every culture, in every language, there is expressive play, expressive word play; there's language use to different purposes that we would call poetry. "
" There are men who can write poetry, and there are men who can read balance sheets. The men who can read balance sheets cannot write. "
Henry R. Luce
" Poetry is, first and last, language - the rest is filler. "
" I've always written. There's a journal which I kept from about 9 years old. The man who gave it to me lived across the street from the store and kept it when my grandmother's papers were destroyed. I'd written some essays. I loved poetry, still do. But I really, really loved it then. "
" Poetry was one of the things that interested me most as I was growing up. I used to write it in my head all the time. I still think the very greatest pleasure in life is to write a poem. "
" There's a certain line between jokes and music and poetry that's a bit blurred in my mind. "
" Manifesting that order of poetry where we can at last grow up to that which we stored up as we grew. "
" I want people to bow as they see me and say he is gifted with poetry, he has seen the presence of the creator. "
" I aspire to a poetry of great formal integrity, deep passion and high intellect, and I have many models for how to do that. "